Governor Mark Dayton unveiled his latest budget proposal on March 14, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said unnecessary tax increases continue to dominate his plan.

"It continues to be the 'Taxes and Spending Gone Wild' reality show for this governor," Davids said.

"His goal is to continue taking more money from us because he can't stop his quest for bigger and larger government. If enacted into law, these job killing tax increases would devastate Minnesota."

In all, Dayton's proposed $38 billion budget raises $1.83 billion in taxes or three times more than is needed to eliminate Minnesota's projected $627 million deficit; $1.1 billion of that represents a tax increase on small business owners.

Personal incomes, cigarettes and business property taxes would all rise under this proposal. It also increases spending by nearly $3 billion when compared to Minnesota's current budget and fails to pay back delayed funding from our schools.

"While Minnesotans are forced to tighten their belts, Minnesota's government is expected to show no restraint whatsoever," Davids said.

"This plan is loaded with regressive tax hikes, so make no mistake; the poorest of the poor as well as the rich will pay more."