With first tax cut measure out of the way, DFLers push for another

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 26, 2014 - 8:59 PM

House committees want property tax relief to help homeowners, farmers, renters and businesses.

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Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, chairwoman of the House Taxes Committee, in April 2013.

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House DFL leaders unveiled a small tax cut proposal Wednesday that would provide breaks for farmers, homeowners and small business owners.

“We were pleased that we moved forward so quickly this session to cut taxes for more than 1 million Minnesotans, but we have more work to do this session to continue making progress,” said House Taxes Committee Chairwoman Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington. “We believe this is a responsible way to continue expanding our economy from the middle out while maintaining our stable budget into the future.”

The measure includes $45 million in targeted property tax relief to Minnesota homeowners, renters and farmers.

An average family farmer in Minnesota will see $460 in property tax relief under the proposal. Homeowners will get some relief through a one-time increase in the homestead credit. Renters will see a one-time increase in a credit that will aid about 350,000 Minnesota renters.

Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL- Minneapolis, who chairs the House Property Tax Division, said farmers are still experiencing property tax increases due to a significant uptick in market value. This comes despite a substantial amount of money being devoted by the state to buy down property taxes.

“This bill will build on our progress and help put more in the pockets of homeowners, renters and farmers,” Davnie said.

House DFLers also want to give a property tax cut for small businesses with property values of less than $1.1 million.

The measure also provides tax relief to military members by extending active military income tax subtraction to National Guard service members in the Active Guard Reserve.

This is the second major tax proposal of the session. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the first one last week, which provided about $440 million in tax relief for more than 1 million Minnesotans.

Legislators are still dealing with about half of the $1.2 billion projected budget surplus. Along with the tax cuts, legislators set aside $150 million to bolster the state’s budget reserves.

 

Baird Helgeson • 651-925-5044

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