Another Republican former Governor of Minnesota is saying the GOP controlled legislature is wrong in it’s hard line “no tax” approach to solving the state’s budget deficit. Former Governor Al Quie said the Republicans legislators have to face up to increased revenue. He believes a sales tax on clothing is the solution. State Senator John Harrington, DFL, SD 67 agreed that a sales tax could have some merit in solving the crisis.
Recently Former Governor Arne Carlson, also a Republican, stated that new revenue needs to be part of the budget solution equation. Republican leaders have said new taxes are a non-starter and that hard-line stance has set Minnesota’s government on a trajectory to shutdown.
Quie’s comments came as part of a bipartisan panel discussion with state legislators sponsored by The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Sabes Jewish Community Center. Also appearing on the panel were Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL), Sen. Warren Limmer (R), Rep. Doug Wardlow (R), and Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL). Comments from those attending were very pessimistic about avoiding a state shutdown. Many repeated need for new revenue.