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Reader Opinion: Not tax friendly

Gov. elect Tim Walz has barely warmed up the chair in his transition office and has already warned the people of Minnesota that he will be taxing us even more.

Gov. elect Tim Walz has barely warmed up the chair in his transition office and has already warned the people of Minnesota that he will be taxing us even more.

According to Kiplinger Minnesota ranks No. 1 as the least tax-friendly states with "State income tax: 5.35 percent (on taxable income less than $25,890/single, $37,850/joint), 9.85 percent (on taxable income more than $160,020/single, $266,700/joint); Average state and local sales tax: 7.43 percent; Gas taxes and fees: 29 cents per gallon."

Let's not forget that every penny of gas tax gets moved onto every other item we purchase because every item you buy gets moved by a truck.

According to the Pioneer Press Minnesota is projected to a have a nearly $2 Billion surplus.

Even with this rather huge surplus the elected governor wants to take more money away from the people of Minnesota with the most regressive form of taxation.

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This also all comes on the heels of the requests for billions in requests for more and more trains, train stations and bus routes for the metro area that eat up portions of the Minnesota Department of transportation budget. Not to mention that large portions of the MnDOT project list are taken up by the metro area, ignoring the rest of Minnesota.

Governor-elect Walz showed us before the election what he thinks of the greater Minnesota area when he called outstate, "Rocks and Cows." Over the next four years we can all look forward to taking care of the metro area with our tax dollars. We have created our own little "Hunger Games" where we all take care of those in the Capitol at the expense of ourselves.

Kenneth Toole

Baxter

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