Minnesota to Entrepreneurs: Go Away

As I was looking to move my family out of fiscally bankrupt Chicago and Illinois two years ago, we took a vote and the result was to move to Minnesota where we have some family.  I did not know it but at the time Mark Dayton, the intellectually bankrupt governor of the state – who only assumed his position through a combination of Repubnicants splitting their vote between two candidates and his family name recognition as a latter day scion of the great Minnesota retail dynasty of yesteryear – was busily conspiring with the newly installed Progressive/Democratic (DFL or in other words evil) legislature to hike the top tax rate in Minnesota to a whopping 10% on income above a paltry $249,000.  Now that is one hell of a run-on sentence but I get breathless just thinking about the monstrous stupidity of such a thing.

Now imagine you are an entrepreneur looking to make it rich.  You could start your business here, but if you succeed, guess what, between the Feds and the State of Minnesota, you are going to pay 1 of every 2 dollars you make to inept, wasteful, incompetent, morally repugnant and progressively worse government.  Minnesota’s government is a damn site less wasteful and incompetent than the Feds or even most other state governments.  But still the idea of giving half your income to morons is not all that appealing.  Even the former top rate of 7.xx% was daunting and outrageous.  10% is just insane.  I would not have moved back to my childhood state had I known of this at the time a couple of years ago.  And it is likely I will leave this state after the kids get the excellent education on offer here (one of the good things that high taxes buys).  I am willing to pay more for honestly delivered services that improve the quality of life, but the surplus that has occurred is about to be wasted by the idiots in St. Paul.  It is wholly reprehensible.

I have also noticed that the education here, while excellent by most measures is geared toward a uniformitarian outlook well disposed to creating proper little corporate drones but not toward creating outside the box thinkers and business creators.  Almost no school systems teach anything about computer programming, the wellspring of the modern economic age and an absolute intellectual necessity for education in the computer age.  Having spoken to our local school board curriculum committee members, it seems that computer programming is though of as vocational training not worthy of serious scholarly pursuit.  Of course nothing could be further from the truth.  If taught properly computing is about logic, the very wellspring of reasoned thinking.

The emphasis on knocking off rough edges can be overcome but the very high tax rate needs to be killed if entrepreneurs are going to think of Minnesota as a good place to do their thing.

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