LETTERS

Taxes are not evil

Staff Writer
The Kansan

Wouldn't it be nice if our budget deficit in the state of Kansas could be reversed, education could be funded adequately, more jobs could be created, and the average income could be raised? Minnesota's Gov. Mark Dayton did just that. He was handed a $6 billion budget deficit from Gov. Pawlenty who refused to raise taxes because of fears that raising taxes would run off the job creating corporations. Sound familiar? While 6,200 new jobs were created during Gov. Pawlenty's 2 terms of office, Gov. Dayton's policies brought 172,000 new jobs just in his first term. By January 2015, Minnesota had a $1 billion surplus and Gov. Dayton promised to reinvest 1/3 of this in their public schools. Their unemployment rate is the 5th lowest in the country at 3.6%. Median income is $8000 more than the average for the US.

By 2013, Minnesota had the 5th fastest growing economy in the country, ranked 9th best state for business by Forbes, while Scott Walker's Wisconsin next door ranked 32nd.

Gov. Dayton was able to achieve this kind of economic turnaround by increasing taxes on the wealthy, increasing the minimum wage, and guaranteeing equal pay for women.

Minnesota is fortunate to have the kind of leadership that offers lessons to be learned by our leaders here in Kansas.

Bring back the notion of the common good.

— Miner Seymour, Moundridge