Republicans in and out of the statehouse are doing their level best to gin up sticker shock over the Senate DFLers' proposed new fourth bracket in the state income tax -- with a 9.7 percent rate, the highest in the nation! The spinmeisters want every wage-earning Minnesotan to panic about an imminent raid on his or her paycheck. Minnesotans shouldn't ingest too much of such hyperbole.Here's a hint for the spinmeisters at the Strib: If it's true, it's not hyperbole!
Oh, and one other thing. What compelling reason is there for Minnesotans to be the most highly taxed people in the nation?