We need to spend better, not more. We can’t tax anything and everything.
Do you drive a car?
Do you have kids in day care?
Do you pay to keep the lights on, the air conditioning running?
Do you pay for car insurance?
Do you shop at stores in the Twin Cities?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are likely to pay more under Democrats’ tax increase proposals and other actions this session.
Filling up your gas tank could cost more if they go through with a proposed gas tax increase.
Moms and dads could see higher costs for child care if they’ve succeeded in their effort to unionize in-home child care providers.
Your electricity bill may increase 50 percent due to additional mandates on utility companies.
Your car insurance payments will be higher because of a special fee to bail out public employee pensions — not to mention that you’ll pay more in higher vehicle registration taxes and drivers’ license fees.
And let’s not forget that shopping at Target, Cub Foods, Best Buy and other stores could be more expensive in the Twin Cities because of an additional sales tax.
And the list goes on.
Democrats promised that they were going to “tax the rich.” But in the final few days of session, we’re finding out that what they actually intend to do is tax nearly everybody and everything.
Democrats have announced a plan to raise taxes and fees by nearly $3 billion — an extra $550 for every man, woman and child in Minnesota.
And what will you get for your “investment?”
Plain and simple: You’ll pay for more wasteful and inefficient government spending.
So far this session, Democrats have introduced spending projects for items like snowmaking equipment in northern Minnesota, a new golf clubhouse and an 11-member commission to pick paint colors for bridges.
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