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Rep. Davids reviews 2014 legislative session

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Wenisch

ST. PAUL – On May 16, the Minnesota House of Representatives completed its business for the year and adjourned the 2014 legislative session.

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said that one party legislative control has not been beneficial to the people of Minnesota.

“I’m concerned about many of the decisions made by the legislative majority,” Davids said. “From the job killing tax increases, to the focus on explosive social issues, to the fiscal irresponsibility, our leadership and Governor Dayton has made many controversial and costly decisions over the past two years.”

During the 2013-14 biennium, Davids said legislative Democrats leveled more than $2.4 billion in tax and fee increases on all hardworking Minnesotans. The good news is the legislature repealed three business to business taxes and enacted some other minor tax relief proposals this year, but that only amounted to $550 million.

Davids said he was also pleased that the legislature supported a provision that orders income tax reciprocity negotiations with the State of Wisconsin.

But Davids was disappointed with the spending increases enacted by Governor Dayton and legislative leadership. After increasing state spending in 2013 by more than $3 billion – the largest spending increase in Minnesota’s history – the legislative majority added another $283 million in new spending to that total on the final day of the 2014 session.

Davids opposed all wasteful spending provisions this session, including proposals that spend more than $400 million on an Obamacare bailout, nearly $90 million on a Minnesota Senate office complex, and $160 million on MNsure.

“This legislature did spend down the $1.2 billion surplus and our budget is now balanced for this biennium,” Davids said. “The problem is all the new spending now guarantees continued spending obligations in the future, and that’s extremely problematic if revenue collections begin to slow down.”

“There’s no question we accomplished a few good things, but overall much damage was done to the State of Minnesota in the last two years,” Davids concluded.

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