Republican Rep. Kurt Zellers, who is gunning for DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's job, is taking the governor's idea for the 'unsession' and running with it.
"Here's an idea: Use this "Unsession" to undo the bad "Big Ideas" of the 2013 session -- namely, the new, growth-stifling small business taxes," Zellers told his supporters. Dayton wants to use next year's session to undo unneeded laws and regulations and has asked Minnesotans to weigh in on what should be 'un'-ed.
Zellers encouraged his backers to use Dayton's online suggestion box for next year's planned 'unsession' to tell, "Dayton to undo and repeal his new business taxes." As of Thursday morning, at least six people had heeded Zellers advice and suggested repealing the taxes.
This year, lawmakers and the governor put in place three new business-to-business taxes. The governor has said he personally opposes those new taxes and would be open to ideas for how to replace them.
Zellers is one of five Republicans currently running for governor.
Although there were at least half a dozen suggestions related to repealing the businesses taxes on the state's website Thursday morning. By afternoon, only one such suggestion appeared on the web site.
Matt Swenson, Dayton's spokesman, said that repetitive suggestions are merged into one comment on the website and that the duplicates are all turned into 'comments.' Swenson said at the time state employees merged the suggestions, there were nine similar ideas about business taxes.
"They are not deleting the suggestions," Swenson said. "It's certainly not politically motivated. It is for ease of use on the website."