From: Rep. Steve
The 2013 session is now nearly three months old, and though we have yet to hear any budget bills we now have budget targets from our House Democratic leadership. Much like Governor Dayton, they also want to massively grow government, but are not telling us all of the specific ways the taxpayers are going to be forced to pay for it.
House Democrats want to increase taxes by $2.4 billion and create a $39.3 billion budget. This will be an increase of $4 billion above the amount we are spending in the current biennium. The $35.4 billion of spending in our current biennium is the largest general fund biennial budget in our state’s history. The Democrats’ $39.3 billion biennial budget will blow that record out of the water, in the interest of adding significantly to the size and scope of our already massive state government.
While the Democrats have identified that a share of their tax increases will be paid by Minnesota’s wealthier residents and 21,000 small business owners, including 1,000 farmers, the rest of those tax hike decisions will be made in the coming weeks by House committees.
If bill introductions are any indications of how Democrats want to raise revenue – and they should be - check out the following list of DFL tax increase proposals so far this year:
Beer tax, energy rate tax, snack tax, auto insurance tax, metro area transit tax, sales tax, estate tax, mortgage and deed tax, vehicle excise tax, tobacco tax, health insurance premium tax, electricity surcharge tax, solar tax, babysitter tax, surgical procedure tax, vehicle wheelage tax, sand mining tax, and gas tax.
In other words, besides the job-killing taxes on our job creators, a corporate tax increase that will be paid by consumers, and an additional income tax on success that will inevitably be targeted by Democrats to raise more money, expect to pay more for any or all of the above as well.
This is apparently the “balanced approach” we’ve been hearing so much about.
The reality is, Minnesota is on pace to have a $782 million surplus in two years if we’d just continue living within our means and leave tax rates alone. Instead, House Democrats are determined to needlessly grow government and create future spending problems with their budget plans, and middle class Minnesotans will inevitably be left to make up the difference.
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