You may have heard it can get cold in Minnesota in January, or for that matter in April. Last week the temperature dropped to seven below zero in the Twin Cities, which is one reason many Midwesterners head to Florida or Arizona for the winter. But now Governor Mark Dayton wants to tax the snowbirds even if they are no longer legally state residents. "There is a snowbird tax—absolutely," the Democratic Governor told reporters the other day. "It´s one of the unfairnesses that somebody can spend six months and one day out of the state
Comments: Fly little snowbird. There are States which do not act as crime lords demanding their ´´street tax.´´
Sounds like a lot of snowbirds will only be coming back for brief visits to the grandkids and funerals for the folks who didn´t leave.
A snowbird friend of mine from Wisconsin who spent his winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas (and moved his residency here, since Texas has no state income tax) told me the joke that when somebody in Iowa dies in the winter, they have to call their friends in Texas to come back as pallbearers.
There are lots of Republicans and libertarians in Minnesota. Just not enough of them.
This google-eyed twelve-stepping nutcase governor can run the table with his DFL House and Senae. They´ll continue to chase the productive and the wealthy out of the state. And if they extend sales tax to clothing, they kill the Mall of America and the shopping tourism it generates. Idiots.
This would be an interesting subject for a court test. I have a dim recollection of California, a few decades ago, trying to impose income taxes on people who retired and moved away from California. If my memory serves me, the legal theory advanced by california was that since the individuals earned pension credits while employed in the state, their pensions should be subject to california income taxes. California lost in court. Dayton was a lousy senator, so they make him governor. How about voter logic on that? In addition, it would take a huge bureaucracy to try to enforce the income tax as proposed. But that would mean more democrat votes, right?
#6 is right about the impact on malls in MN. Our Dakota relatives do most of their back-to-school shopping at The Mall of America because there´s no sales tax on clothes. They stay overnight in MN, eat out, treat the kids to all the rides in the mall, etc. If there´s a tax on clothing, they might as well shop at home or Amazon.
#3 and others, i, too, am feeling a wee bit of schadenfreude... Well, to be honest, quite a bit of schadenfreude. ha ha ha
My FL sister begs and pleads for these Demmies to either stay home or LEAVE off their stupid leftist/tax-tax-and-tax some more habits up north. We here in NH wish MA lefties would stay in MA for the same reason.
I confess to knowing little about Minnesota, but who are the people in the state who keep voting for Democrats? Farmers are usually practical people who see through collectivist BS. Does the state have a huge dependent class? Does Minneapolis St. Paul overwhelm the rest of the population? I know thereis a tradition of supporting the old farm-labor party, but come on, we already abolished the gold standard.
Never understood this six months and a day nonsense. If you want to live in a no-income-tax state, move, and stay there. I believe that some conservative states like Alabama already have you base your income tax liability on the number of months that you are in residence there. Seems fair enough.
As a resident of Arizona, we see the migration every year based on the seasonal changes. See as many Minnesota plates as those of any other. Local businesses surely like it as they create standing room only in resturants during their stay here. I am uncertain as to how the state views them regarding their state tax obligation, but since anybody who can own two homes in states that are so far apart along with paying for the gas to drive between the two, qualifies as "rich" in my book. And we know most Democrats really support taxing all the "rich" folks. Decision time for a lot of Liberals.
#21, but that is what happened to MY state of California. A bunch of lefties (mostly from New England and other states Back East moved to California in masses and droves over the past 45 years and then they destroyed our state. The first thing they did was tell us what to do and force us to live by their ways. Now the state is ruined and a lot of the richer lefties are moving out. Lefties always soil their nest and then move on...
Expect more "Claw-back" at the Estate level too. NY taxes the entire estate if any part of it is in NY. I see a flood of "gifting" soon to arrive on those second homes...coupled with "management Companies" based in low/no tax states being written up as Owners. Current owners will just visit and "Rent", plus deduct the business expense, mail forwarding will make enforcement even tougher. Try declaring every "Motorhome" built in Minnesota taxable as a resident too.
Humm . . seems to fit a mold in the northern, socialist states . . a trust fund brat, a Yale grad, a 100% Afl-CIO rating . . . he will do a lot to scare out a lot of high earning taxpayers, Texas and the south will be the south´s gain, for sure!
Anna Wintour famously said that the chubby Native Minnesotans "look like little houses". Perhaps in addition to the snowbird tax, they should be subject to an additional real estate tax for all the cubic feet they occupy.
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