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Wealthy Pay Less than Average in MN Taxes


Minnesota's most affluent residents pay a smaller share of their incomes in state and local taxes than the average MN family according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue's 2011 MN Tax Incidence Study.  Minnesota's taxes have become more regressive because the state has shifted towards using local property taxes for public services instead of state income taxes.

The average household paid 11.5% of their incomes in state and local taxes.  Comparable figures were 10.3% for households in the top 10%, people with incomes of $129,567 and up, and only 9.7% for the wealthiest 1% of households with incomes more than $429,000. 

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

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MN's Leading Election System

MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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