Minnesota finding itself surrounded by lower tax states

North Dakota also has income and property tax reforms on the table. The net result is sure to be lower taxes; and that change will magnify North Dakota’s cost differential with Minnesota, especially once Dayton’s proposed tax increases come on line.

South Dakota, of course, has had a tax advantage over Minnesota for years. If North Dakota starts enjoying one, too, then Minnesota’s economy surely will feel a magnified effect.

But North Dakota enjoys a cost advantage as well. As a right-to-work state, North Dakota tends to pay less for its teachers, police officers and other government workers than Minnesota does.

In effect, that gives North Dakota taxpayers get more bang for their buck.

And thanks to Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms, labor costs in Wisconsin also are on their way down, at least in comparison with Minnesota.

That leaves Minnesota standing alone. Count on Republicans to highlight that isolation at election time — and while the GOP in Minnesota may be down, it certainly is not out.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Vugg

    ROFLMAO – now if we would only give more of our own money back to us like texas is going to do.