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A lot of Republican elected officials are quick to cite percentages rather than dollars when talking about taxes and how those rich people are so put upon by the government. Our own Sen. David Hann is one of those who’s fast to toss out percentages, hoping people won’t have the background to respond.
Well, we found a great video that debunks the above. We posted a link on social media yesterday, but felt on this Tax Day, it was important to get the truth out there. Please take the 3 minutes to watch this:
At the Saturday, April 11, 2015 Minnesota Republican convention, SD48’s own Sen. David Hann spoke to the group. In his speech, he said the Senate DFL was levied the largest campaign finance fine in history. Rachel Stassen-Berger, the Capitol Bureau Chief and Reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press immediate responded with this:
Last month, it was reported that his party is in major arrears to vendors for the 2014 campaign. Here’s a post from the StarTribune detailing that situation.
Today (April 14, 2015), the StarTribune details the $26,000 fine the Minnesota GOP was given by the FEC for not disclosing receipts, payments and debts in 2009 and 2011. The FEC also fined the Minnesota GOP $170,000 for misrepresenting debts.
The StarTribune reports that the FEC has warned the party again that it must straighten out its paperwork for 2014 by May 15, 2015. The article also details the $1.40 million the party is still in debt.
Again, which organization is the party of fiscal responsibility and able to manage money better? It might have been the GOP at one time. Folks, it isn’t now. And, when push comes to shove, there is prevarication at best.
Our current SD48 State Senator, David Hann, called a press conference April 10, 2015, to dredge up his ethics complaint against Sen Hayden that he started in September of last year.
If you’ve spent time in any organization, you’ve seen how people continue to repeat behavior they’ve been rewarded for in the past. Why do we bring this up in this case?
Let’s look at how Sen. Hann became Senate Minority Leader. He got there through behind the scenes manipulation of a situation that wound up costing the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. He was part of the gang of 4 that ousted former Leader Amy Koch for her affair with Michael Brodkorb. You can read more about that situation here.
In addition to the above situation, he has his own ethics skeleton. You can read more about that here.
Our current SD48 Senator and friends held a presser before the April 10 State of the State Address announcing a new “Family Surplus” tax cut. We know whenever we read and hear Republican Orwellian language, it’s important to check the facts.
During his remarks about how awful things have been under Democratic control. We’ve done multiple posts about how Minnesota has outperformed our neighbor to the East, which has been under the kind of Republican control Sen. Hann wants to impose.
But, back to this new tax cut bill. Once again, it’s a percentage across the board on income taxes. Why is that an issue? It benefits those at the top yet again. The Uptake has done a great post on this that includes the video of the conference. Here’s their findings:
- only the progressive (affecting those who are more well off) income tax is included
- someone making $50,000 annually would save $250
- someone making $500,000 annually would save $2,500
- the top 1% of the economy has enjoyed substantially more robust economic recovery from the Republican Great Recession than the 99% of the economy
- more regressive taxes (affecting those who aren’t as well off) like property taxes and sales taxes are, for some reason, not included in the bill he’s carrying
Why are we pointing this out? The Minnesota Tax incidence Study shows the poor and middle class pay 29.9% of their income in state taxes. The highest income bracket? Those folks pay 9.6% of their income. That’s why Sen. Hann always wants to talk percentages and not real money.
By Ken Martin, Chairman, Minnesota DFL
There is an old saying that a hypocrite is someone who conveniently forgets their faults to point out someone else’s. Republican Minority Leader Sen. David Hann’s editorial last week exposed his blind spot when it comes to the behaviors of his own GOP Senators.
If Sen. Hann believes it necessary to review the actions of parties and individuals when discussing legislative matters then it is just as fair to review the record of the Republicans in Minnesota:
- This past year, Republican Sen. Sean Nienow defaulted on a $613,000 federal government loan and was relieved of $840,000 of debt by the taxpayers when he filed for bankruptcy. Ironically—at the same time—the senator from Cambridge was attacking government for spending too much money and not living within its means.
- The Republican Party of Minnesota is now in a public spat with some of its vendors, as detailed by a Star Tribune article, for not paying its bills from the 2014 campaign. This is a party that is still over $1,500,000 in debt—but just this week announced a $150,000 advertising campaign telling legislators how to do their job. So much for the party of fiscal responsibility. (more…)