May 31, 2019
www.commsolutionsmn.com- The Minnesota legislature had all session to take care of business, so what better way to be respon sible with taxpayer money than to force 14 bills into a 21 hour special session, of which 13 bills passed, costing us a total of $48.3 billion to fulfill the newly minted budget. These bills were passed by a majority of Democrats and Republicans. Bills were passed to dole out tax dollars to everyone that had a hand out: agriculture, education, housing, environment, health and human services, economic development, public safety, pensions, taxes, and transportation. These bills are not just to help out state-wide programs. Our taxes are also being doled out to school districts. Cities get theirs in Local Government Aid (LGA), hospitality taxes, food and beverage taxes, grants, and increases in Tax Increment Financing. There was more given to counties and cities with the local option sales tax. At the end of the day, our Democrats and Republicans have come together to spend billions of our dollars and passed all kinds of new regulations. Thanks a lot for protecting us.
Also, we found a troubling precedent sent by Dallas County Attorney, John Creuzot, who has declared that he is not going to prosecute what he terms "low level" crimes... like skipping out on community service or theft of items less than $750. What is this world coming to? This is all based on the equity doctrine, and it could catch on anywhere.
Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast!” You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!
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