Early this month, Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Warrensville Heights appeared on C-SPAN’s "Washington Journal," public affairs television program where viewers phoned in to ask her questions.
A caller who identified himself as James, an Akron small-business owner, discussed some of the tax write-offs he uses as a small businessman, and said larger businesses "game the system" by writing off things like parties, food and clothes.Then read this, from this afternoon online STrib article:
Fudge agreed with him, calling for an overhaul of corporate tax policy, saying: "There are corporations in this nation, some of the biggest corporations in this nation, who do not pay taxes."
The high-octane political fight over taxes at the Capitol got a new source of fuel Wednesday: a statewide study that finds lower- and middle-income households are hit hardest by Minnesota's tax system.How much more clearly do we need to connect the dots that our conservatives want a bad, regressive, unfair tax policies, which benefit the rich and which benefit big corporations - in other words, their donors, not citizens of this state or this country, including not the small business owners?
"Minnesota's tax system is more regressive than it was a decade ago," acting Revenue Commissioner Dan Salomone said Wednesday. "Despite a slight improvement over the last study, the system remains notably more regressive than the historical average since 1991."