MNGOP’s Anti-Rybak #4: Sales Taxes on Clothing

Another MN GOP talking point based on a proposal. Looking through the anti-Rybak talking points, it’s pretty darn clear that Rybak is often convicted for thinking out loud. Brainstorming ways to pay for things is a no-no to the MN GOP.

Rybak Would Look At Extending Sales Tax To Clothing. “’Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak explained that the governor is a chief executive, not a legislator. He described how his own executive experience would help navigate the state out of a looming budget deficit. Rybak also said he would look at expanding the state sales tax to clothing.” (Tim Pugmire, “A sample of DFL dating in Rochester,” Minnesota Public Radio Website, October 22, 2009)

The Minnesota GOP is once again trying to convict Rybak based on a proposal. Here’s the Rybak quote from Tim Pugmire’s piece that the Minnesota GOP conveniently did not link to: “I think clothing is a necessity for many people,” Rybak said. “Underwear, yes. Fur coats, maybe not. So maybe over $100 we would introduce a clothing tax. That’s one example. It’s not something I’m glued to but I think it’s only fair for me to say something.

That sounds quite a bit different once you realize Rybak’s throwing out an idea for consideration. And an idea that sounds more like a clothing luxury tax than a tax on the clothes you’re probably wearing right now (except for bloggers with pricey boxers).

I can see why the MN GOP left that part out of their talking point since they’d look rather foolish saying “Wwwwaaaaaa, we don’t want to be taxed on our $100+ clothing items in order to help close the state’s looming budget deficit!”

3 thoughts on “MNGOP’s Anti-Rybak #4: Sales Taxes on Clothing”

  1. A good winter jacket can easily be greater than $100. Will the $100 be indexed to inflation. I doubt it. Sounds like a clothing tax to me.

  2. @Dan, it seems pretty progressive to me. In the same way that we don’t have taxes on groceries but we do on purchases at restaurants. While everyone will likely get hit with it from time to time, the burden on those least able to afford it is certainly less.

    Regardless, it’s not actually happening at this point.

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