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Pedestrian Deaths in Minnesota, the State with the 5th Highest Tax Burden, A Tragic Reminder that Proper Infrastructure is Necessary and Unaffected by Local Government

1/6/19, St Paul, Minn.–Thursday evening (1/3) two people died at a crosswalk in Roseville, Minnesota after being hit by a vehicle. This tragedy is one that perhaps could have easily been avoided with necessary improved infrastructure and safety measures, lights and signage. The below text is quoted from KSTP News detailing safety concerns prior to the event and its aftermath.

““For my safety, for everybody else’s safety who lives right here, there needs there needs to be a stop sign or lights,” Jordan said.She believes action should have been taken sooner. “I feel it’s the city’s fault,” Jordan said. “It shouldn’t take nobody to get killed for them to do something about it. It just doesn’t make sense.” Larpenteur Ave. is a Ramsey County road that Roseville, Maplewood and St. Paul are all responsible for. Roseville City Manager Patrick Trudgeon told us they started looking at how to make it safer about two years ago. “We certainly don’t want a tragedy such as this to occur,” he said. Trudgeon showed KSTP the Larpenteur-Rice Gateway Area Plan study that each city approved in 2018. It includes plans for mid-block crosswalks, including near the crash site at Marion St. and Larpenteur. “This (tragedy) helps underscore the need to continually be focused on making sure we have safe areas for everybody,” he said. There is still no timeline for when the crosswalks could be installed.”

Source: https://kstp.com/news/roseville-police-identify-driver-pedestrians-killed-crash-thursday/5198936/

The state of Minnesota is highly taxed, and has the 5th highest tax burden in the United States, yet Minnesota cities are unable to fund proper safety measures to improve infrastructure and to fill its epidemic of potholes. People’s lives are now, and have been at stake. This is concerning when other hot button issues motivated by politics and emotion rather than facts and figures appear to be hastily amended without issue: elimination of public library fines and Mayor Carter’s legal defense fund for immigrants.

It is shame that Minnesotans cannot feel safe walking across the street, it is a shame that our tax dollars are not being utilized in ways to prevent such events on public roads and sidewalks right now. Action is needed to improve and make our community infrastructure safer for all. The lack of concern for safety by local government is an egregious oversight, one abdicated by political agenda and image.

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A Vote for Jeff Johnson is a Vote for Lower Taxes for All Minnesotans

If you are a Minnesotan, you pay the 5th highest tax burden in the nation, that is a fact. That means your taxes are very progressive, which, means your taxes are extremely costly to you.

Acknowledging this fact, Minnesotans cannot afford a candidate who supports additional and more aggressive state and local taxes (like the gas tax and others) especially when we are already paying more than our fair share for all.

That is why in November I, and many others, those who are fed up with high taxes with limited gains, will vote for Jeff Johnson for governor. Minnesota cannot afford another tax-and-spend politician like Tim Walz, or his Democrat cohorts.

Taking from citizens will not solve the problems of the government. Vote for your dollar, vote for your freedoms, vote for Jeff Johnson.

Don’t fall into hand-wringing hot-button topics politics.  We don’t need big government with its heavy price tag. We need accountability and efficiency, a better deal for Minnesotans.

Vote for less government, less taxes, vote for Jeff Johnson.

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Locals buying Local Goods, what a concept: More Minnesotans using state assistance at Minnesota farmers markets

1176286_10151568885587051_1581732061_nStar Tribune: More Minnesotans using state assistance at Minnesota farmers markets

It is a wonderful day when consumers realize they can purchase the products they need right here in the state of Minnesota, from Minnesota.

As a former employee of a grocery chain I took note of the amount of imported trash people bought (from out of state: import), it was insane.  I never knew Minnesota’s taxpayers were paying for consumers to buy soda, cheap processed foods, and basically any manufactured garbage, with low nutritional value, that a corporate food manufacturer could place in their hands.

I had little faith in the system, and it may be still happening around the metro; however, this is a sign of change.  It gives me satisfaction to see that people are voting with their dollar, or the taxpayer’s dollar, locally.

The manifest function is acquiring food and nutrition from a local source, the latent function is promoting  local economy, enacting less external cost, and consuming goods within our living proximity.  These actions are positive for Minnesota’s agricultural, societal, environmental and economical growth.

What Priorities? Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

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MinnPost: Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

“In the case of building a new Vikings stadium, it was always understood to be roughly 50-50 with the Vikings owners and taxpayers sharing the financial load. Currently, it appears to be closer to a ratio of 90 percent taxpayer and 10 percent owner.”

I suppose it will be nice to have a giant fucking monstrosity of a privately owned stadium as a money collector, to be paid for with tax dollars, as opposed to tuition assistance for college students.  I mean, concussions and NFL tickets are high priority in Viking’s Territory; not to mention we have the Superbowl coming 2018-  major money maker.

The Vikings constantly win the Superbowl, and other titles, so I can see why they need a new facility.  Forget my college debt and the high price of textbooks.  This is a must have for Minnesotans.  The community doesn’t need more educated book reading people, it needs more football fans, bar none.

It could be worse though, I mean, I am more okay with this than funding wars oversea: (see: Wars vs. Local Education; Al Franken, as the Senate Votes) , I must say…  I personally enjoy making the rich richer, and the poor poorer, I know where I stand as a priority; disadvantaged.

Lobbyists and the MMBA control Sunday Liquor Sales in MN

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This association, the MMBA, controls liquor sales in Minnesota, which creates a business monopoly for certain liquor stores, and allows, legally, through oppressive law, the squandering of our local economy, which also inhibits the ability for millions of Minnesotans to vote with their dollar.

We pay taxes seven days a week, why can’t we vote with our dollar seven days a week?

What the MMBA does is pay legislators to take competition out of liquor sales in Minnesota, enabling them to control the market- essentially creating a business monopoly for specific corporations, while restricting others.  This monopoly makes it easy for those few to make a profit, while limiting and sanctioning newcomers, and those willing to work throughout the week (specifically on Sunday).

“Each year, Minnesota’s municipal beverage facilities generate approximately $300 million in sales and contribute approximately $20 million in net-profits to various city funds.” -MMBA

What does “various city funds” mean?  Is that a euphemism for Legislators?  Or payment for the creation, and survival of laws which benefit the companies donating the funds?

Minnesota legislators are controlled by money not voter interest.  Put Sunday Sales on the ballot and see where Minnesotans really stand on their issues.

Make sure to have a look at all of the corporate sponsors which control the local government, at:

MMBA Official Site

Be sure to thank them for limiting your freedoms, and promoting, ironically, big government control over the citizens of Minnesota.