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Tax-and-spend attitudes are bad

Published 10:01am Thursday, April 25, 2013

My letter is in reference to Mr. David Behling’s Tribune article of April 19 titled “Minnesota whines about improving itself.” I think he completely misses the point, just like so many politicians at every level of government. It’s not that some of us rational, cost-conscious Minnesotans don’t want improvements to our city, county and state, because we do, but we also understand that there are only so many tax dollars to go around and those tax dollars need to be spent on necessities, not nice-ities.

The hard-working people of this city, county and state can only support so much in tax increases before we all go under, because of these tax-and-spend attitudes.

I personally take offense to Mr. Behling’s labeling anyone who questions their city, county or state’s spending habits as a cheap, whining and complaining Minnesotan.

It is time to stand up and say no to this tax-and-spend attitude of giving subsidies and entitlements to people and businesses that should support themselves and to spending tax dollars on things we cannot afford and do not need. We need to hold these people accountable for the position they put us all in!


Gary Hagen
Albert Lea