How our elected officials raise our taxes without asking us
Local school districts–Edina, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, and Anoka-Hennepin, for example–are asking voters to approve levy referendums that would allow them to increase the amount they collect each year by the rate of inflation.
Gov. Dayton wants to add a percentage tax to gasoline at the wholesale level. The current tax is a unit tax, which means it stays the same no matter how the price of a gallon fluctuates. The wholesale tax would increase as the price of gasoline increases.
The statewide business property tax, which all business in the state pay in addition to local property taxes, includes an automatic annual increase.
The tax on a pack of cigarettes goes up annually, based on the rate of inflation.
The good news: Liquor taxes are not indexed for inflation and have not been raised since 1987.