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Stop train wreck of government shutdowns before they happen

By John A. Spry St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) – January 8, 2017 One of the first acts of both the new Minnesota Legislature and Congress should be to eliminate the possibility of the train wreck of a government shutdown. Currently, the government shuts down when government spending bills are not passed into law before […]

The Economics of Taxation: Theory and Evidence for Budget Evaluation

In 2011 I testified before the Minnesota House Tax Committee about the Economics of Taxation; Theory and Evidence for Budget Evaluation. My PowerPoint Slides are available here.  

U-Haul Costs to and from Saint Paul, Minnesota

One way rentals for a 26 foot U-Haul between Saint Paul, MN and Naples, FL.  Hat tip: Mark Perry. Naples, FL to Saint Paul, MN: $1258 Saint Paul, MN to Naples, FL: $2,226 Premium to Leave from Saint Paul, MN: 77% One way rentals for a 26 foot U-Haul between Saint Paul, MN and Austin, […]

2009 Minnesota Governor’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission

In 2009, the Minnesota Governor’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty released its report.  Redesigns of the Minnesota Department of Revenue website keep changing the link to access this report.  I am posting the report of the Minnesota Governor’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission and a brief summary of its recommendations […]

Good Question: How Much Do We Pay In Taxes?

WCCO asked me one of their Good Questions: How Much Do We Pay In Taxes?

Improving the Minnesota Tax Incidence Study

I testified to the Minnesota House Tax Committee about how to improve the Minnesota Tax Incidence Study by including the Federal Taxes paid by Minnesotans in the Minnesota Tax Incidence Study.  Rep. Greg Davids introduced legislation to provide this information to Minnesotans.

High school-college dual enrollment: Minnesota can do better

By John A. Spry St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) – August 21, 2016 Minnesota was the first state to create dual enrollment policies that let high school students take college courses for both high school and college credit. But we don’t lead the nation in providing the best dual-enrollment options to students anymore. Post-Secondary Educational […]

How our broken tax code hurts Minnesota workers

By John A. Spry St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) – June 20, 2014 Medtronic’s announcement that it will move its official headquarters to Ireland provides a lesson in how America’s broken tax code hurts Minnesota workers by denying them good jobs purely for tax reasons. Medtronic has promised to invest over $10 billion in the […]

The Economics of Taxation and Dynamic Scoring

I testified about “The Economics of Taxation and Dynamic Scoring” to the Minnesota Senate Tax Committee on March 3, 2011. Here are my PowerPoint slides for the hearing: Economics of Taxation and Dynamic Scoring The video of the hearing:

Reject the 45 percent Trump Tax

By John A. Spry St. Paul Pioneer Press February 28, 2016  Donald Trump recently proposed a 45 percent tax on American shoppers buying imported goods from China. Trump told the New York Times, “I would tax China coming in — products coming in. I would do a tariff. And they do it to us. We […]