This past fall, while my colleagues were on the campaign trail, I was just another Minnesota voter listening to political promises. Like many Minnesotans, I heard a lot of rhetoric about cutting spending, which, in turn, was supposed to create jobs. Half the message was about what candidates could do and why they should be elected. The other half was focused on a “shared sacrifice” to balance Minnesota’s budget deficit.
So imagine the surprise around the state when the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader could not answer when asked on Minnesota Public Radio what sacrifices the richest 5 percent of Minnesotans were making to balance the budget.
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