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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Pat Kessler Reality Checks Mike Hatch

Politics in Minnesota via Craig Westover:

DFL Attorney General and endorsed candidate for governor, Mike Hatch, is fond of talking about a purported "billion in uncollected tax revenue." PIM did some checking with the Department of Revenue. Here's the reality check (hat tip on reality check to WCCO's and KTLK FM's Pat Kessler). There is no billion dollars in uncollected tax revenue. There is, however, an estimated tax gap of one billion. A tax gap is the difference between the total tax actually collected and the amount that could have been collected if all those required to pay had paid the correct amount of tax. The department maintains that only a faction of the gap could actually be collected.

I thought this claim by Mike Hatch was nonsense. That's good Kessler did a reality check on it.

UPDATE: I stand corrected:

PIM did the fact checking. The hat tip to Kessler is for the "reality check" moniker.
Craig Westover

Thanks for that Craig. I read this as a PIM summary on a Kessler report. Kudos to PIM for the original research.