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Reader Opinion: Too many taxes

A front page article in the Brainerd Dispatch was about questions raised regarding legislators support for making military pensions free from state taxes. One person said it was in a moral sense and that it was federal tax dollars returning to th...

A front page article in the Brainerd Dispatch was about questions raised regarding legislators support for making military pensions free from state taxes. One person said it was in a moral sense and that it was federal tax dollars returning to the state and is a benefit. Makes one wonder if all federal government pensions should be state tax free since they also come to the state, are federal tax dollars and therefore a benefit to the state.

There is another group of retired people in Minnesota that have had several decades of tax free pensions which are from railroad retirement benefits, even though this plan is basically equivalent to Social Security.

It is also interesting that just a few days before the newspaper article on military pensions there was another report by Kiplinger's that listed Minnesota as one of 15 worst states for retirees. The report also listed Minnesota in the top 10 states as least tax-friendly for retirees. Minnesota taxes Social Security and has one of the highest estate tax. Minnesota is high in property tax and sales tax with lots of local sales taxes pushing up the overall tax rate. A local sales tax is now added on utility usage.

One wonders why the executive branch and legislative branch of Minnesota government dislikes retirees on Social Security.

Kent Rees

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