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Constitutional amendment could risk Minnesota’s credit rating

Scott Russell, Minnesota Budget Project, February 21, 2012 – Minnesota’s legislative leaders are considering a constitutional amendment that would require a supermajority vote in both the House and Senate to raise taxes. It could be a bad move for the state, increasing jitters among national credit rating agencies that are already nervous about Minnesota’s financial flexibility and creditworthiness. Lower credit ratings could […]

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Fascinating Days at the Capitol – Update for Feb. 17

This Week at the Capitol – February 13-17, 2012 A history lesson with implications for today What a fascinating day at the Capitol! On Wednesday morning, the Senate Tax Committee continued its discussion of education finance and the overall tax structure in the state. I think it is fair to say, from the statements of […]

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National study calls supermajority amendments a ‘bad idea’

Nan Madden, Minnesota Budget Project, February 16, 2012 – A supermajority requirement in Minnesota would not produce promised results, if the experiences of states that already have supermajority rules are any indication. A national study released this week analyzed supermajority requirements in other states and found no evidence that those states had lower taxes or better tax […]

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A short but jam-packed week – Update for February 10

This Week at the Capitol – February 8-10, 2012 It was announced this week that Minnesota is one of 10 states granted a NCLB waiver. During the fall of 2011, a committee facilitated by the Minnesota Department of Education aided in developing a waiver plan presented to the U.S. Department of Education. The Minnesota plan […]

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At the Capitol: Study: Supermajority brings tax shift

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, February 9, 2012 – If Minnesota adopts a ballot measure that would require a supermajority of lawmakers to raise taxes, property taxes in turn likely would increase as local governments could be forced to take on a bigger burden of providing public services. That’s according to an analysis by the Minnesota […]

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Amend politics, not the Constitution

Mankato Free Press Editorial, February 4, 2012 – Minnesota’s divided and contentious politics have led some clever lawmakers to suggest the seductive idea of empowering the people to make decisions where their representatives cannot by offering a buffet-style smorgasbord of constitutional amendments. Most have some kind of populist appeal and a suggestion that they are […]

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This idea is a bad one: Just legislate

West Central Tribune Editorial, February 4, 2012 – Minnesota legislators should learn to do their jobs and not take the easy way out with constitutional amendments, such as a supermajority requirement of a three-fifth majority for tax increases. The supermajority amendment is simply a bad idea and demonstrates that today’s legislators are becoming lazy, like […]

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A supermajority amendment or a super-stupid approach?

Mayor David Genereux, Crookston Daily Times, February 3, 2012 – Crookston, Minn. — A faction of our state legislators has endorsed an idea that in order to raise taxes not only needs a majority vote, but a super majority vote to pass legislation. What is a “super majority”? Generally most legislation takes a majority vote of […]

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MNGOP Considering “Litany” Of Constitutional Amendments

McIntee Labor, The UpTake, February 3, 2012 – Republicans have already put an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment on the fall ballot and have introduced bills to put a voter photo ID and and anti-union amendment on the ballot. Senator Senjem says there is no question that the voter photo ID constitutional amendment will be on […]

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Letting voters decide on state Constitution carries its risks

Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune, January 31, 2012 – Cue the Beach Boys music and wax the surfboard, Minnesota is taking on a bit of California color, and it’s not just because of the February thaw. The Frozen State is following the Golden State in its increased interest in what some call “direct democracy,” or what […]

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