In today's Thumbs Up/Thumbs down short editorial, the board at the New Ulm Journal posted this:
What if Emmer won?
SIDEWAYS THUMBS: The Republicans in the Legislature had a busy week passing legislation that is sure to be vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton. Their spending proposals left barely anyone untouched - cities, higher education, K-12 education, social services, schools, prisons, nursing homes all saw either financial cuts proposed, or major policy shifts, or both. Only the income tax payer is untouched, and in fact would benefit from proposed tax cuts.
Dayton has said he will reject all such bills until the GOP presents a complete plan for a balanced budget, and one that uses the projections from the Minnesota Management and Budget office, the non-partisan agency that has analyzed spending and tax bills for years.
Imagine now that Tom Emmer had been elected instead of Dayton. Most of these bills would have been signed already.
I suppose getting sideways is a polite way to speaking of the state the state would be in if Emmer were governor. I'll grant them that.
Note that it's "income taxpayer" that the paper says is untouched. As for the total tax --including property taxes--many middle and lower income Minnesotans could be enjoying nonquality horizontal time from that.
Photo: Sideways and belly up.