Paulsen Still Avoiding Town Hall Events

According to his critics, it’s been at least seven years since Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) has held a proper town hall event. Instead, the Republican congressman hosts “tele-town halls” in which as many as 50,000 households can listen in as Paulsen responds to constituents’ queries. Paulsen says the tele-town halls are “just a great way to use technology … Continue reading Paulsen Still Avoiding Town Hall Events

How Does The GOP Tax Bill Affect Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District?

According to Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen (R), an "average family of four in the Third District” could see “[close] to a $5,000 tax cut" thanks to the GOP's 2017 tax bill. But Democratic challenger Dean Phillips says that because state and local tax deductions are capped at just $10,000, the tax bill will actually cause residents … Continue reading How Does The GOP Tax Bill Affect Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District?

Why Doesn’t Life Time Fitness Want You Watching The News?

Life Time Fitness, the popular health club chain, has banned four news stations from playing on the televisions that are mounted on the walls and built into some treadmills and other cardio workout machines. Effective 1 Jan., company policy now forbids Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC from being shown. Now only USA, A&E, Discovery, HGTV, … Continue reading Why Doesn’t Life Time Fitness Want You Watching The News?

Repealing The Medical Device Tax Could Lead To $20 Billion Budget Shortfall

Reps. Erik Paulsen (R.-Minn.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), both of whom sit on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, introduced a bill last month to extend the temporary ban on the medical device tax for five years. The tax places a 2.3 percent sales tax on gross receipts for medical devices like X-ray and MRI … Continue reading Repealing The Medical Device Tax Could Lead To $20 Billion Budget Shortfall

The Paulsen Tax Cuts Are For The Ultra-rich, Not The Middle Class

In their first major victory of the year, the Republicans' tax cut bill was passed in both houses of Congress Wednesday along a party-line vote. The president signed the bill Friday morning before heading to Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) has touted the tax bill as a “once-in-a-generation” achievement. Indeed, it is … Continue reading The Paulsen Tax Cuts Are For The Ultra-rich, Not The Middle Class

Erik Paulsen Saves His Corporate Donors Millions Through Tax Cuts

The Republican tax cut bill passed by the House and by the Senate Finance Committee is, as I’ve written elsewhere, especially generous toward corporations. The corporate tax rate will fall from 35 to 20 percent, and businesses are expected to save $1 trillion over the coming decade. Among the big winners in Minnesota are the … Continue reading Erik Paulsen Saves His Corporate Donors Millions Through Tax Cuts

Paulsen Psyched About Tax Cuts; Average Americans, Not So Much

This week, the House released the text of its tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), who helped craft the bill, has come out in full support of it, calling it a “Once-in-a-Generation” opportunity in a press release and defending it vigorously in an op-ed published in the Eden … Continue reading Paulsen Psyched About Tax Cuts; Average Americans, Not So Much