Who would ever suspect this lede following the headline Taxes prompt some wealthy Minnesotans to consider moving in a Minnesota Public Radio report reprinted in the Grand Forks Herald:
Studies show raising income tax rates doesn't lead to an exodus of wealthy people to lower tax states.
Bluestem wrote about these studies in 2011 when the GOP controlled the Minnesota legislature and claimed that higher taxes would create tax refugees. See Glenn gone wild: Gruenhagen's baseless talking point about tax refugees fleeing OR & MD, and Whatever the game may be, Parry borrows tax refugee fear talk from Glencoe Glenn Gruenhagen and Tales of Hoffman: senator reads actual article about Maryland tax refugees, makes things up.
And those who actually clicked through to read Taxes prompt some wealthy Minnesotans to consider moving would have noticed that MPR reporter Mark Zdechlik actually only cites one Minnesotan who might be leaving:
Among them is Mike Corbin, who has a law practice in Faribault. Corbin takes issue with the argument that the new tax will simply have high earners like him paying their "fair share -- so much so that he's thought about relocating his business.
"All those euphemisms are nothing more than poll-tested, feel-good phrases," Corbin said. "At some point it doesn't make economic sense to continue to stay in Minnesota."
So of course he'll take wing and fly his practice elsewhere.
Then there's Deephaven's Mike Tierney:
From his marble-floored home, Tierney can see his gardener planting shrubs on a beautifully groomed lawn. He did very well for himself in the injection molding business and strongly disputes the notion Minnesota's tax system is now fairer because people like him will be paying more.
Tierney said the new tax will cost him "thousands" more every year.
"It definitely will come out of somewhere," he said. "I doubt if we're going to get rid of a car, stop traveling or we're going to change our lifestyle very much."
Tierney said he has no intention of leaving Minnesota.
What are these job creators telling us? Read the rest of the headline contradicting article at the Grand Forks Herald.
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