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Eric Harris Bernstein

Eric Harris Bernstein

Eric Bernstein is a progressive policy analyst focused on state tax and budgetary policy. Since the summer of 2020, he has been policy director for We Make Minnesota — a coalition of labor and community groups organizing to raise state revenue for investment in health care, education, racial equity, sustainable environmental stewardship and other public priorities.

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5 budget priorities for the DFL in 2023

By: - November 22, 2022

The DFL shocked election predictors by gaining control of the state Senate to win unified control of the government for the first time in nearly a decade. With a $12 billion surplus and two years to govern, DFL legislators are in an excellent position to pass major investments that will improve Minnesotans’ financial, social and […]

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Jensen’s tax cut would require deep spending cuts Minnesotans of both parties will reject

By: - October 25, 2022

By now you have probably heard that Republican nominee for governor Scott Jensen has proposed eliminating Minnesota’s income tax, which provides more than half of all state general fund tax revenue. Last week, a Minnesota Reformer analysis showed this would overwhelmingly benefit the highest-earners while requiring substantial increases in sales and property taxes that fall […]

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Here’s who would benefit from Scott Jensen’s income tax plan

By: - October 18, 2022

Republican nominee for governor Scott Jensen is campaigning on abolishing the state income tax. At $15.7 billion or 54% of projected 2023 general fund revenues, it is a costly idea that would force some combination of drastic increases in sales and property taxes, and draconian cuts to major public programs like schools, hospitals, roads and […]

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Disregard for essential workers will hurt us all | Opinion

By: - May 17, 2022

On April 29, the Legislature agreed to spend $2.7 billion of the state’s $9.2 billion surplus to replenish the unemployment insurance trust fund rather than having businesses pay higher tax rates to refill it themselves, as normally required by law. The move, which will generate considerable savings for businesses following one of the most profitable […]

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Data: The GOP tax cut plan is tilted to the rich | Opinion

By: - April 5, 2022

With a startling $9.2 billion budget surplus, legislators in St. Paul are locked in a debate about what to do with the money. Gov. Tim Walz and the DFL have proposed a mix of spending and one-time rebates, while Republicans have their eyes set on permanent tax cuts. The centerpiece of the GOP tax cut […]

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Surplus provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — don’t blow it | Opinion

By: - March 4, 2022

Since the pandemic began, Minnesotans have been deluged with stories about our faltering public institutions. From over-crowded hospitals to understaffed schools to a shortage of child care, and the housing crisis underneath it all, our biggest social challenges have become a matter of broad familiarity and general consensus. The obvious connections between these issues are […]