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by Dave Mindeman

In the heat of this campaign...with all the ads floating around....it is time to do a little MYTHBUSTING:

1. Income Tax

Myth: Democrats in the Minnesota legislature raised your income tax! (So say the billionaires at Americans for Prosperity - That's the Koch brothers!)

Truth: 98% of us are paying the same or less!
If your taxable household income is more than $250,000 - that's the top 2% of Minnesotans - your taxes on income are 2% higher... but the rest of us PAY THE SAME OR LESS!

2. Senate Office . . .
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The MN GOP Does Not Deserve A Seat At The Table
by Dave Mindeman

Minnesota seems to have been saddled with a do nothing political party. The Minnesota GOP is a disgrace.

Their history is replete with hypocrisy, gimmicks, and a willingness to do anything for political advantage.

But the most vile part of how the MN GOP operates is the constant obstruction in finding solutions to everyday problems.

Let's take Minority Leader Sen. David Hann. On Almanac tonight he was almost gleeful talking about the Minnesotans who are facing spiking premiums in their health insurance. Even though, as Sen. Lourey pointed out, this problem is limited . . .
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MN House GOP Healthcare Ideas Do Not Address The Problem
by Dave Mindeman

Speaker Kurt Daudt listed his ideas for solving the individual market problem. Let's take a closer look


Reduce the MNsure tax by half, saving families $22 million over the next three years

I fail to see how families get any savings here. The MNSure tax is paid by the insurance carriers and it is anybody's guess as to whether they would bother to pass that savings along to the consumer.

Use $35 million in leftover MCHA funds for direct premium relief

That can certainly be done, but it is . . .
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For A MN Health Care Fix Go To The Democrats
by Dave Mindeman

The Minnesota House Republicans are pure unadulterated obstructionists. That is all they do. That is all they know.

When Governor Dayton noted that people in the individual market had insurance that has become unaffordable, what do the Republicans in the House do? They turn it into a commercial. What do the Senate Democrats do? They offer a solution.

Minnesota has one of the lowest number of uninsured in the country. We have strong employer based groups. We have expanded Medicaid to cover more of the poor. Minnesota Care is one of the country's strongest . . .
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Our Democracy Is A Fragile Entity
by Dave Mindeman

I think we learned something very important in last night's debate. We learned how truly fragile our Democracy really is.

Aside from the usual banter in the debate, the fundamental principle of democratic elections was trampled on last night. We believe in the majority rule principle. We debate and argue about the issues, but we never, ever question the outcome of an election. We accept it. We acknowledge it as the end result.

Trump said the unthinkable last night. He questioned the election outcome - well before the tally is even begun. He is . . .
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