Welcome to My Blog
I’m a retired legislative analyst who worked for the Research Department of the Minnesota House of Representatives for over 40 years. WARNING: if you stumble on this blog and decide to read it, my posts are often long and always boring. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
I write mainly about the issues that I worked on:
- Individual income taxes
- Corporate income taxes
- Tax exempt bonds
- Tax increment financing
- Tax expenditures
- Pensions and retirement plan financing
- State and local government finance
- Legislative process and related legal issues
A retirement perk is the ability to waste my time on eclectic and irrelevant reading.
Books I’ve read recently – The Right
This is another in my series of bad high school book reports on nonfiction books that I have read recently. I write them to memorialize my thoughts in the vain hope that I will remember a bit more of what I read. Author and book Matthew Continetti, The Right The Hundred Year War for American…
Dumb tax policy – Florida edition
Another in my occasional series of dumb proposals by assorted elected officials.
Books I’ve Read Recently – Ways and Means
This is another in my series of bad high school book reports on nonfiction books that I have read recently. I write them to memorialize my thoughts in the vain hope that I will remember a bit more of what I read. Author and book Roger Lowenstein, Ways and Means (Penguin Press 2022). Why I…
Good Use for MN tax data
A TPC report uses 2018 tax data from three states (CO, MN, and NY) to analyze TCJA’s effects on charitable giving, since the state data are more robust than federal. TPC’s results suggest Minnesota charitable givers may be more sensitive to tax incentives than their Colorado counterparts. Minnesota giving dropped much more than in Colorado…
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