From: Della Schmidt
The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is calling on Governor Dayton and our state legislators to repeal the harmful, job killing new taxes on our businesses.
This past spring the Minnesota Legislature extended the state sales tax to include three business-to-business services: repairs of business equipment and machines, the purchase of telecommunications equipment by telecommunications providers, and also a tax on warehouse and storage services.
These taxes are harmful to businesses and make Minnesota uncompetitive for new business growth and expansion. Local business executives have expressed to the Winona Chamber that in light of these new taxes, plans for local investments and job creation have been put on hold. In the long run, if left in place these tax increases will ultimately be passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices for goods and services.
Many state legislators and even the governor have publicly stated their intention to repeal the tax specifically on agriculture equipment repairs, calling the tax a “mistake.” We agree, but that’s not going far enough. All three of the new business to business sales taxes should be repealed before more harm is done to our local businesses.