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Letter to the Editor: Holberg Has the Experience to Lead

Letter writer: "Holberg has pressed for legislation that encourages private sector job growth while limiting the size and scope of government."

To the editor,

I encourage residents of House District 58A to make a choice for proven leadership and cast their vote for Rep. Mary Liz Holberg. 

As our state representative, Holberg has pressed for legislation that encourages private sector job growth while limiting the size and scope of government. She has worked to protect us from tax increases while ensuring that existing tax revenues are spent wisely. She has championed policies that preserve our individual privacy rights while making government transparent and accountable to the public. Our district and our state can benefit from an experienced leader. 

On Nov. 6, please join me in electing Mary Liz Holberg as our state representative for House District 58A.

Jim Guttmann, Lakeville

Colin Lee November 05, 2012 at 08:21 AM
What exactly is her jobs plan? Mary Liz Holberg has never stated a word I have ever heard at any event about any jobs plan. If we're to evaluate her effectiveness at creating jobs, we need to know what she has done in her fourteen years in office and what she intends to do. My plan is on the front page of the site: http://lakeville.patch.com/blog_posts/five-steps-to-create-jobs
Billy November 05, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Colin...be realistic, you'll never get any of this accomplished either.
Colin Lee November 05, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Billy, someone has to introduce a bill for it to have any chance to pass. My opponent never introduced any bills to address our jobs crisis. I never said it was easy. Martin Luther King once said that faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Billy November 05, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Our jobs crisis is because we have one of the highest tax rates for businesses in the nation. It is why my company just moved one of our operating companies to S. Falls South Dakota. It is a reason why our governor has his trust funds in South Dakota. We've got a state dominated by unions. Why would someone move their business here when labor costs will be high because of the unions. Manufacturing jobs also bring higher paying jobs that help make the plan go - the engineers, the accountants, the analysts, the managers. We need to have the right to work. There is no way you are going to reduce healthcare costs. Somehow get some sort of malpractice reform passed and that will be a start. We have too many ambulance chasing law firms going around creating havoc
Billy November 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Colin, If you reduce the property taxes, where do you make it up as the property tax reduction hurts the city? You are running for state office but pushing to reduce taxes that affect a different level of gov't - city gov't. Do you pass the reduction in business property tax burden to the family? The city has to operate and most cities are unable to take an aggressive approach to reducing property taxes. Take my city for example. In Lakeville 41% of the operating expenses in the proposed 2013 budget will go to fund the police department(not including capital costs). The 2.7% increase that the city is currently working on is actually a 9% increase to the businesses in Lakeville and virtually neutral for the family. You cannot touch the police department budget nor their pension - their costs will always continue to rise. The unions in the city demand higher and higher pay. I have three people running for mayor and all three of them say they are fiscally conservative when only one really is. According to the Lakeville patch Matt Little has received $18000 but only $2400 is from lakeville residents. 12 to 14 unions/PAC's outside of Lakeville have contributed to his "non-partisan" campaign. Why would this organization care two hoots about Matt Little unless they have an alternative and unethical motive. Too quote you - all of these organizations are too immoral and dishonest to engage in politics.
Colin Lee November 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Actually, that's untrue. You're only counting the corporate income tax, which accounts for merely 7.8% of total corporate taxes. Including all income, property, and sales taxes, Minnesota falls right in the middle on corporate taxes according to a nonpartisan Council on State Taxation study. In Minnesota, as in most states, property taxes make up the largest share of corporate taxes by far. In fact, due to THEIR very high property taxes, South Dakota businesses pay higher effective taxes than ours do. That's part of the reason why there are seven jobs in Minnesota for every one in South Dakota. And effective taxes are actual taxes you pay... the only taxes that matter. As for why a business would move to a state dominated by well-paid union workers, that's patently obvious. I will quote the developers who built the Mall of America. They said that they built their Mall here because "the Twin Cities has the highest disposable income of any major metropolitan area." Also, our region is renowned for good schools and a highly educated population that brings in medical industry companies and jobs. You say there is no way to reduce healthcare costs, but of all 193 countries in the world, only Switzerland's citizens pays more than half of what the average American pays per year. Most of the industrialized world also gets better quality. Minnesota already has malpractice reform. It saves about 1% or so.
Colin Lee November 05, 2012 at 05:31 PM
That's easy to answer. Our state has a Constitutional requirement to create a "general and uniform system of public schools." Article XIII, Section 1. Simply adequately funding the schools so that they truly are "uniform," "thorough", and "efficient" as our Constitution requires will reduce the burden which school districts must pay. Then they won't need large levies. We can require that the districts pass a good percentage of levy savings on to property taxpayers. We can also reduce the state corporate property tax. Yes, the state has its own property tax which it levies directly on corporations to fill the general fund.
Billy November 05, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Mall of America was built 20 something years ago. Times have changed. We can find a quote for any side of an arguement. In St. Paul are you going to just spew quotes from others or come up with something original. every other year we hear the same overused rhetoric. Corporations move to S. Dakota because the city and state give them tax breaks to bring them there. There Economic Development team is more ambitious. Minneasota has more jobs because we have more people living here but we see an exiting of our wealthy reestablishing residents in states that have lower taxes, i.e. Florida. Why because our tax situation is unfavorable and your policies would only create more gov't spending. Good Luck tomorrow.
Scott A November 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
You have my vote, Mr. Lee!
Billy November 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Colin, if you reduce the property tax burden to businesses, where do you make up the lost revenues? Last I saw, we are in the red and owe the schools a boat load of money. Who are you going to tax more?

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