Then we need to commit more state money to providing all parents with the option of affordable all-day kindergarten for their children. How can states like Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi fund all-day kindergarten, while we in Minnesota do not?It quickly became a liberal talking point, repeated on blogs and twitter. But here is the question I would like any of those liberals or the governor to answer-
How is it that the three states you mentioned can afford all day kindergarten even though their income tax rates are far lower than Minnesota, even before your proposed tax hike?
Alabama and Mississippi have top tax rates that are lower than Minnesota's lowest tax rate. 5% is as high as it goes in those two states, while in Minnesota we tax our lowest income level at 5.35%. Louisiana's top tax rate is 6%, only slightly higher than Minnesota's lowest rate.
With the governor's confiscatory new tax rates in place, Minnesota's top tax income tax rate would be more than double the top rates for the three states he mentioned in the State of the State address (10.95% vs 5% and 6%). Adding in the 'temporary' 3% tax on the uber wealthy, and Minnesota's top tax rate would be 13.95%, vs Alabama and Mississippi's top rate of 5%. So can someone please tell me how these three states can afford all day kindergarten without sticking it to the evil rich people?
The DFL's mantra that the rich don't pay enough taxes in Minnesota, and that is the cause of the budget 'deficit' is belied by the fact that three states with almost half the income tax rates can afford services that Minnesota cannot.