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What happens when you tax the rich and raise the minimum wage? Meet one of USA's best economies...

Wed Feb 25, 2015
By Walter Einenkel


When Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton took office in 2011, Minnesota had more than a $6 billion dollar deficit and an unemployment rate of 7%. Today, Minnesota's unemployment rate is now below 4% and they have a budget surplus of over $1.2 billion dollars. How did Mark Dayton do this? Did he heed his Republican opponent Tom Emmer's advice?...

Make no mistake, government cannot create the jobs we need to turn our economy around, but private business people can. State government can either help improve the necessary business climate – as I will do if elected governor – or it can hurt job development, as my opponents’ proposals to maintain the status quo would do.


No. No, he didn't....

During his first four years in office, Gov. Dayton raised the state income tax from 7.85 to 9.85 percent on individuals earning over $150,000, and on couples earning over $250,000 when filing jointly -- a tax increase of $2.1 billion. He's also agreed to raise Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2018, and passed a state law guaranteeing equal pay for women.


We all know that equal pay for women is a slippery slope that leads to voting rights and the loss of corsets and hoop skirts. Mark Dayton's approach of making people who can afford to pay, pay, helped eliminate the deficit. Raising the minimum wage gave more people money to spend. Businesses like money and they like people who have money to spend.

Between 2011 and 2015, Gov. Dayton added 172,000 new jobs to Minnesota's economy -- that's 165,800 more jobs in Dayton's first term than Pawlenty added in both of his terms combined. Even though Minnesota's top income tax rate is the 4th-highest in the country, it has the 5th-lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3.6 percent. According to 2012-2013 U.S. census figures, Minnesotans had a median income that was $10,000 larger than the U.S. average, and their median income is still $8,000 more than the U.S. average today.


More...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/25/1366806/-What-happens-when-you-tax-the-rich-and-raise-the-minimum-wage-Meet-one-of-USA-s-best-economies
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Thu Feb 26, 2015, 12:02 AM (4 replies)

The Republicans are more of a danger to America than ISIS.

Republicans are willing to let thousands of Americans die because they hate Obama so much.

In fact, it's already been shown that thousands of Americans will die in states that don't expand Medicaid:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/harvard-study-medicaid-expansion-deaths

As many as 17,000 Americans will die directly as a result of states deciding not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, according to a new study.

Researchers from Harvard University and City University of New York have estimated that between 7,115 and 17,104 deaths will be "attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states" in a study published in Health Affairs.

"The results were sobering," Samuel Dickman, one of the authors, said, according to the Morning Call. "Political decisions have consequences, some of them lethal."


How many Americans has ISIS killed? I don't think they've killed thousands or will kill thousands in the future.

Republicans are more of a threat to Americans than ISIS will ever be.
Posted by Cali_Democrat | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 04:54 PM (3 replies)
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