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Continued: April 16: Minnesota House DFL tax plan goes after drinkers, smokers, high earners

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 20, 2013 - 10:49 PM

“What a shock, what a slap in the face of the working class and the working poor,” said state Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria. “That’s not high earners at all.”

Rep. Pat Garofalo said this is proof the Democrats are not able to control spending. “This is why you don’t let the Democrats have total control over the state of Minnesota,” said Garofalo, R-Farmington. “There’s no adult supervision to stop these crazy things.”

The fight over taxing raged as outside activist groups from both sides took to the Capitol and the airwaves to make their case, giving the tax fight a distinct campaign-season flavor.

Spending fell over 10 years

At a Capitol news conference, representatives from Minnesota 2020 issued a report saying that adjusted state government spending is down more than 18 percent from a decade ago. The group is pressing legislators to adopt the proposed tax hikes, saying state spending would still be below historical averages.

“Despite the fact that conservative pundits say that spending is out of control, what they ignore are the facts,” said Matt Entenza, a founder and board member of Minnesota 2020 and former legislator.

The Minnesota 2020 report, called Crumbling Fiscal Foundation, says per capita state government spending is now at historic lows of less than $3,100 per person.

“Minnesotans deserve a better deal and the state deserves a better deal,” Entenza said.

Meanwhile, a business group called United for Jobs released a second television ad featuring Minnesota business owners expressing concern over the proposed tax hikes.

Dave Baker, of Baker Hospitalities, Loren Corle of RELCO and Rob Holt of Super Radiator Coils said in the ad that the tax hikes would make it harder for them to hire new employees and expand their businesses.

“We hope the governor and legislators will consider the real Minnesotans they would be hurting before they raise taxes,” they said. “We can do better.”

 

Baird Helgeson • 651-925-5044

 

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