Government seeks another ‘Minnesota Miracle’

October 31, 2012 by  

It has been four decades since lawmakers in the state of Minnesota juggled tax dollars and re-tooled budgets to finance public education. The new legislation was called the ‘Minnesota Miracle’ and it helped areas with a lower tax base, such as rural communities, afford quality education without raising taxes on property.

Now, 40 years later, Joe Walsh of Princeton, an attorney running against Sondra Erickson for the House 15A seat, could be said to be looking for another miracle to help keep rural communities economically vibrant. Election campaigns are a windfall for local print companies, who can offer candidates everything from brochure and flyer printing to sign and banner printing.

Erickson is a Republican who was elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1998. She has held her seat for 12 out of the last 14 years and is being challenged by Walsh who is pushing hard for Minnesota tax payers in the higher tax brackets to pay more tax to help the middle class.

Walsh is pushing his agenda by door knocking every weekday in the Mille Lacs County district pushing his tax redistribution agenda. He was quoted as saying in the St. Cloud News:

“It’s important that you get out there and work hard and meet the people.”

Erickson opposes Walsh’s plans and has stated that she believes taxes should not be raised in a tough economy. Her position is that the state should be more efficient in spending the people’s money especially in school districts. She explained:

“I see tax increases as code for more spending.”

The election will be held on November 6.