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Continued: Minnesota tax relief on fast track in House

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 27, 2014 - 9:34 PM

What for years has been a predictable Capitol fight between taxing and cutting has given way to a more nuanced battle between giving the money back, spending it on programs or throwing it in the budget reserves.

Many Republicans are pressing hard to give the money back to taxpayers. They say the new tax relief proposals simply amount to Democrats trying to take credit for lowering or cutting taxes that never should have been raised in the first place.

“It corrects mistakes that the Democrats made last session in raising taxes on the working families,” said state Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Farmington Republican who sits on the House tax committee.

Senate sounds note of caution

Things could slow down once the proposal reaches the Senate, which does not face re-election until 2016 and where Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk feels little of the House’s urgency.

“I think it’s getting late to make the argument we need to do this soon because people are filing their returns,” said Bakk, DFL-Cook.

Bakk said that so few businesses would be affected by the new warehousing taxes that he feels little pressure to rush something through.

“We are not going to adopt anything we haven’t had hearings on,” Bakk said. “It may take us awhile.”

Baird Helgeson • 651-925-5044

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