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Rep. Davids: Democrats release budget targets with $3 billion tax increase

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, MINN. - On May 12, Legislative Democrats along with Governor Dayton agreed in principal on a two year budget that will spend $38 billion on state government, or nearly $3 billion more than what was spent over the previous two years.

While the budget is high in price, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said the budget target is low on specifics.

“House and Senate Democrats said they want to raise your taxes by $3 billion, but they won’t tell us how they’re planning to do it,” Davids said. “Regardless, the $3 billion increase represents a cost of $550 for every man, woman and child in this state.”

Legislative Democrats have promised to raise income taxes on individuals making more than $150,000 a year. They also plan to institute a business to business sales tax, and raise tobacco taxes.

But they’ve not ruled out many other specific tax increases, including gasoline and alcohol. Davids said those details will be worked out in last minute conference committee negotiations.

Legislative Democrats also said they will reduce $50 million in health and human services funding, which likely means less money for nursing homes and their employees.

While announcing the budget target agreement, Governor Dayton was asked point blank if middle class Minnesotans would see a tax increase under their plan. He responded, “I can’t say no.”

“Governor Dayton can’t say no, but I can,” Davids said. “I will not raise taxes on the poorest of the poor and every hardworking Minnesotan in order to permanently increase spending. Remember, we have a $600 million deficit and this bill increases taxes by $3 billion.

That is the definition of fiscal irresponsibility and inefficient


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