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Continued: Minnesota House wants $250 million in property tax relief

  • Article by: BAIRD HELEGSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 12, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Davnie said he expects the outreach efforts would bring in another 100,000 homeowners to qualify for the program.

Democrats who now control the House and Senate vowed throughout the campaign that they would make lowering property taxes a priority. Along with the direct relief for homeowners and renters, Democrats are proposing $88 million in additional aid to cities and counties to take pressure off local governments and reduce the need to raise taxes.

“It’s time that we provide some real property tax relief to Minnesotans,” said House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis. “This proposal will provide much-needed direct property tax relief to middle-class homeowners and renters across the state and boost job creation and economic growth.”

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said the program will be cumbersome to manage and ultimately is little more than an election-year giveaway.

“This certainly isn’t reform and it certainly isn’t making our tax system less complex,” said Daudt, R-Crown. “It might be good politics, but it is certainly not good policy.”

 

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