Posted: 04/16/13 20:01, Edited: 04/16/13 20:02
by Dave Mindeman
Rep. Pat Garofalo was on Almanac again. This time he was there to argue against the minimum wage.
But he couldn't resist a dig at Democratic budget policy...
A lot of bad ideas moving forward that increase costs on business. Obamacare is being implemented; we see a higher sales tax being revived by the Senate this year...on things like hair cuts and spa services; we see extra burdens of the income tax on small business. You can't look at just one thing in the silo(?) -- all these things are adding up and you can't just simply-- you can't just tax the snot -- you can't just punish the snot out of small businesses and not expect there to be some sort of negative effect on either prices to the consumer or on reduced employment.
Yes, people, the Democrats are taxing the "snot" out of small business.
Rep. Garofalo seems to have interesting tax measurements. Taxing the "snot" out of business is apparently on the higher end of the scale.
But Garofalo was there to talk about the minimum wage and of course, he is against it. And he wants to know "who is going to pay for these costs?" Outside of the obvious which would be business would need to actually give their minimum wage employees a raise for the first time in years, Garofalo had a different idea.
Adjust the Minnesota Working Family Tax Credit. And as Rep. Winkler pointed out during the discussion, this is certainly a part of it - but this tax credit is just another give away to business. Instead of paying their employees an "almost" livable wage, they get the government to supplement these low wage jobs.
So, Rep. Garofalo answers his own question. Who pays? The Minnesota taxpayer. Business gets to keep paying wages that don't even come to subsistence level and we, as taxpayers, supplement the income.
Thanks for the heads up, Rep. Garofalo. And by the way, I don't think "snot" has much to do with it.