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Continued: Let's give our job creators the help they need

  • Article by: GEOFF MICHEL and TED LILLIE
  • Last update: December 12, 2011 - 8:22 PM

• Finally, we need to do something about the high cost of taxes in Minnesota. We need to provide immediate relief to businesses of all sizes by reducing and eliminating the statewide business property tax.

Yes, along with local government units, the state actually imposes an additional property tax on job providers. Last session, the governor vetoed our plan to reduce and eliminate this property tax.

Our neighbors in Wisconsin recently convened a special legislative session devoted to job creation. We need to take another run at this tax reform early in the 2012 session to show our job providers that Minnesota policymakers are just as eager to help.

We know that 2012 will be a loud election year. The debate over taxes and spending will surely continue, but we hope there is time for a third topic: private-sector job growth.

We can have a timeout on new rules, a repeal of old and burdensome regulations, and a property tax cut for job providers.

Let's work together and send a strong signal to job creators that Minnesota is a great home for their ideas, talents and capital.

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Geoff Michel, R-Edina, and Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, are members of the Minnesota Senate.

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