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Letter: Wills knows what is good for businesses

To the editor,

I'm a life-long bean-counter, working for more than 30 years with the small business-owners of this area. They're folks I have come to respect and admire. That's why I was so disappointed to hear state legislature candidate Jeff Wilfahrt explicitly supporting Governor Dayton's soak-the-rich plan during the Apple Valley Chamber Candidate Forum earlier this month.

This proposal takes direct aim at my small-business clients, who've typically spent three or four decades risking everything, sacrificing much, and eventually turning a profit that was immediately plowed back into the operation in the form of additional hiring and sometimes even bricks-and- mortar expansion. The "luckiest" of them all, the ones whose businesses eventually clear $250,000 a year, earn their way into the ranks of the "the rich," at which point they become targets of Wilfahrt and his ilk.

Sending a bunch of Jeff Wilfahrts to St. Paul to pass Dayton's punish-the-successful agenda may make us feel good for a while. If we jump through the approved hoops, we may even reap a few tangible benefits from the money that the State squeezes out of "the other guy". Perhaps a futuristic sculpture at a mass transit station. Or a new interpretive center.

But when we elect folks who intend to implement punitive tax policies, we are the ones who really pay the price. If we punish "the rich"-- many of whom are small-business-owners--with higher taxes, they won't have those dollars available to spend on meals at local restaurants, on purchases at local hardware stores, on charitable contributions, on business expansion, or on employing our kids and our neighbors.

Anna Wills grew up in a small business-owning family. She rejects envy-based tax policy, understanding that it is antithetical to building a healthy business climate and long-term prosperity. She deserves my vote--and yours.

Duane E. Kaczmarek,