California newspaper runs editorial blasting Gov. Dayton

dayton dem leaders 2013 rect.jpg
Dayton got blasted for proposing that part-time Minnesotans pay income taxes.
Gov. Dayton may be popular in Minnesota, but his approval rating is remarkably low in the editorial offices of the Anaheim, California-based Orange County Register.

SEE ALSO: Mark Dayton isn't a fan of pot

That became apparent after the Register published an editorial on Monday blasting Dayton for the "snowbird tax" that's a part of the budget proposal he recently presented to the legislature.

Dayton wants to collect income taxes from part-time Minnesotans who spend more than two months in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

As he told reporters last month, "One of the unfairnesses [is that] that somebody can spend six months and one day out of the state and pay no personal income taxes and come back here and take advantage of all the state has to offer for five months and 29 days."

But the Register argues that "not even high-tax California has the gumption to impose income taxes on the out-of-state earnings of its residents."

From the right-leaning paper's editorial, entitled "'Snowbird' tax won't fly":
There are few state governments as imaginative as California in coming up with questionable new taxes on businesses or residents, but Minnesota comes close...

Gov. Dayton maligns Minnesota's part-time residents as if they are tax scofflaws. But, while those part-timers may not contribute income taxes to St. Paul, they certainly pay property taxes on their Minnesota homes...

As to the governor's insinuation that the so-called snowbirds are free-riders on all the benefits the state offers its lucky residents, another way of looking at it is that part-timers also miss out on the public services their property and sales taxes have helped pay for back in Minnesota while they are wintering in Palm Springs or Palm Beach...

Then there is another unforeseen consequence Gov. Dayton apparently has not considered: If St. Paul hits its snowbirds with punitive taxes, they are not simply going to grin and bear it.

Many, if not most, will either abandon Minnesota entirely, reduce their part-time residency to one month and 29 days, or figure out some artful maneuver to legally (or illegally) avoid the state's snowbird tax.

Gov. Dayton is wrong to demagogue the state's thin-blooded residents who prefer to spend the Minnesota's long, cold winter in warmer climates.

Instead, he should appreciate that they are so fond of the Gopher State, they choose to summer there.
Meanwhile, in St. Paul, legislators -- particularly MNGOPers -- are getting antsy for the governor to formally present his taxing and spending proposals to bill form. The DFL could approve Dayton's budget without any MNGOP votes.

Editors at the Register aren't the first out-of-staters to criticize the political philosophy underpinning Dayton's budget. Wisconsin Republican Rep. Erik Severson recently told reporters he views Dayton's tax-the-wealthy ideas as an economic opportunity for the Land of Cheese.

"I believe it is important to outline the options for businesses in Minnesota by letting them know that here in Wisconsin we value job creators," Severson said. "Gov. Dayton's budget proposal, especially his tax on business-to-business transactions, will put a stress on businesses and reveals that Wisconsin is a better place to do business."

My Voice Nation Help
10 comments
MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Low taxes are the only thing businesses care about.  That's why South Dakota has the most fortune 500 companies per capita and Minnesota is a bleak boring hellhole where they have slot machines in gas stations.  Wait, do I have that backwards? 

webcelt
webcelt

Dayton must be getting things right. All the right people are getting angry at him.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

California doesn't have financial problems. Fucking moron.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Who cares what California thinks of our governor? Tell em to go figure out their financial problems and stfu.

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann Yes, and that is exactly why Dayton's multi-million dollar inheritance is sitting in a tax-free shelter in South Dakota. As par for Hypocritical Democrats policies, Mark Dayton thinks that everyone in Minnesota should pay higher taxes, except for Mark Dayon.

FAIL. 

keny1
keny1

@webcelt So you enjoy stealing others people's money? You think you are entitled to other people's money? Just because you are a loser who never amounted to anything in life, you think other people should have to pay for your "free shit"?

webcelt
webcelt

@keny1  Thanks for proving my point. You've finally surpassed the usefulness of curtains in a windowless room.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@webcelt  It's funny when the GOP talks about rebranding when their base is a bunch of racist psychopaths like keny.  They can't change because all Republicans are stupid terrible people.  

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...