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Rep. Davids’ bill would provide immediate tax conformity, tax relief for hard working Minnesotans


Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Wenisch

Minnesota House of Representatives Communications Specialist

ST. PAUL, Minn. - In an effort to provide tax relief to hardworking Minnesotans, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is authoring legislation that would force Minnesota to conform state tax rates to that of the federal government.

“In 2011, the Republican legislative majority prioritized conforming to most federal tax provisions despite facing a $5 billion deficit,” Davids said. “In 2013, the DFL majority and Governor Dayton prioritized MNsure and a new $90 million Senate Office Building over federal conformity, while increasing taxes overall by $2.1 billion. Now that we have a budget surplus, it is time to correct the Democrats’ mistake and give Minnesotans some needed tax relief.”

Davids’ legislation would conform Minnesota’s individual income tax and corporate franchise tax to most federal changes enacted after December 31, 2013.

Some of the provisions include ending the marriage penalty; an increased income threshold for the working family credit; employer paid adoption assistance; employer provided education assistance; and extending the discharge of indebtedness, which prevents housing debt relief from being recognized as income and therefore taxed.

With a projected $1 billion surplus, Davids said Minnesota has the money needed to enact federal tax conformity and ease the financial burden of hardworking taxpayers.

“Minnesotans want to get started on their tax returns and collect their refund,” Davids said. “This is not an issue that should be ignored as ‘Tax Day’ is less than two months away. After all the wasteful spending projects the Democrats funded during the 2013 session, it’s time for them to spend a portion of our surplus on something that is truly necessary for many Minnesotans: federal tax conformity.”

If we get honest about sustainability, it will revolutionize our lives for the better

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp It is understood that some of the things said in this article will make some people uncomfortable and some angry. That is good, because adults generally do not expand their learning as long as they are comfortable with their c ..... 
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Regarding healthcare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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It’s a bright sunny day in Lanesboro. My houseplants are making a vigorous effort to reach toward the light. The calendar is heralding the beginning of March. I feel 20 years younger since I received my new knees. I see myself riding my bicycle on ..... 
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At odds

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
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First off, I’d like to mention, with no shortage of sadness, that the car I had mentioned in a previous column, my dear green Ford, had to make her last journey to the great trade-in lot in the sky last month. I’m now the proud loan-holder for a ..... 
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Looking back: The unique perspective of time

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
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By Jeff Erding Last May Fillmore County Journal published a piece I wrote concerning how The Affordable Care Act was going to affect union workers who were covered by Multi-Employer plans. The information I used was not my own, but was gleaned from ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Creating leaders while leading

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
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This past week, on an evening that fell between winter snowfalls, the Fillmore County Journal hosted a group of Cub Scouts from the communities of Fountain, Harmony and Preston. Accompanied by their parents, the scouts came for a tour of our newspa ..... 
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There’s an alternative to the imperial presidency

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
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In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities. He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress, and listed well over a ..... 
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A plea for law makers to work together

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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When local legislators appeared before the Fillmore County Board a few weeks ago to hear the county’s legislative priorities for the 2014 session, commissioners requested that they work together to get needed legislation through. Working with col ..... 
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Will the Destination Medical Center have a regional impact?

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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By Jeff Gorfine Over the past 25 years, Rochester has evolved into a regional economic and cultural center, whose impact goes well beyond its city borders. Every day workers from surrounding communities commute to Rochester for employment. They in ..... 
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