To the Editor:
The viewpoint column in the April 20 Record by Rep. Kresha contained some old political sound bites: “Minnesota government continues to grow with no end in sight.” “Government has grown by over 10 percent in the last years.” “How can we compete with booming lower tax states likes Texas and Florida?”
The state fiscal year (FY) is July 1 – June 30 of the following year, so FY 2013 numbers aren’t in yet. In the last years, FY 2011 and FY 2012, the executive branch, which is 89 percent employees, increased 1.7 percent not “over 10 percent.” FY 2012 represents a 1 percent reduction in the average workforce over the previous 11 years. Of the new people hired in FY 2012, 46 percent were permanent. Interestingly, if one person is doing two jobs, they are considered two employees.
In 2011 and 2012, overtime declined by 97,500 hours, resulting in taxpayer savings of $3 million. This was under Dayton, not Gov. Pawlenty. Thirty-four percent of Texas revenue is from the federal government, 32 percent for Florida. We are all paying for their lower taxes.
Data resources: Minnesota Mananagement and Budget and Federal Reserve Economic Data stlouisfed.org. — John Snell, Motley