"Another way to become a high taxed state is to take a cavalier attitude about holes in the budget. In particular, fraud, waste and abuse."
Listen up you westerners from South Dakota and Wyoming. You also Nevada, Texas and Florida. Plus anyone else who lives in a low or no tax state. Becoming a high tax state is not very hard at all. All you need do is take your foot off the brake and hit the accelerator as hard as possible. Then you need a soulless, shameless home town news rag which keeps reminding the minions we are a "high tax AND high service state." What does that mean? Stay tuned.
For a Democrat, becoming a high service state is simply handing out money like candy. Ever wonder why this state has become a mecca for 150,000 Somalis? Hint: It ain't the weather. Ever wonder why when some crime gangster gets busted, he or she often times has come here from Detroit or Chicago? The reputation of our largest city in neighboring states is in the nickname - "Moneyapolis". That once fine city has become such a welfare magnet, a drive through the Cedar Riverside area is like a drive though a different country.
I know, I know. We spend most of our money on education. How is that working out? Never seems like enough, and since most districts have trouble with math when it comes to budgeting, the hand is always out for more. And more. And more. What the state does need is a re-do on how we educate. Better product for less money. GASP! Yes, that is blasphemy in a state which is controlled and run by Education Minnesota.
Another way to become a high taxed state is to take a cavalier attitude about holes in the budget. In particular, fraud, waste and abuse. One fine Democrat law maker, when confronted by how much health and human services money seems to vanish into thin air every year, was non-pulsed. "Oh there is fraud in everything these days. We can never control all of it." With that, she went on her way. I wonder if she would feel the same if someone was phishing $100 out of her checking account each month.
Minnesota can serve as an example - a bad example. This state is ripe for change, for a new direction. But so long as you have statists and socialists running the legislature, we will be stuck in the tax and spend ditch. Are we getting a good bang for the buck in this state? Not a bit. The "bang" is more like a soft "pop".