OPINION: Gov. Dayton's tax increase plan will devastate families
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:48 AM
On Jan. 22, Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled his budget priorities for the next two years, a plan Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) said will kill jobs and empty wallets through misguided tax increases.
"This is easily the best budget proposal I've seen that will benefit Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas," Davids said. "For someone who claimed to only want the rich to pay their fair share, he sure went out of his way to make sure every Minnesotan will pay more taxes to massively increase the size of government."
Dayton's plan includes a nearly $4 billion state spending increase from the previous state budget.
Specifically, Davids said the governor's new business to business sales tax would, according to Minnesota's revenue commissioner - cost Minnesota's business owners more than $1.5 billion, which would ultimately cause many of them to either close their doors or move out of state.
But employers aren't the only ones targeted. Davids said there are many new taxes that the governor wants everyone to pay. They include:
Over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin.
And Davids said that's just the tip of the iceberg.
"This is not reforming the tax system, this is instituting very regressive taxes on those who can least afford to pay it - the poorest of the poor," Davids said.
"In the same breath, the governor wants to give all Minnesota property taxpayers a rebate. So envision this: a hardworking middle class family will now have to pay more for their kid's haircuts, clothes and daycare - as well as their own car repairs - so that Edina millionaires can get a check from the government."
"Realistically, the governor's plan is so bad neither the Democrat-controlled House nor Senate would have the votes to pass it," Davids said.
Davids also noted that Gov. Dayton would also fail to pay back the money borrowed from schools by previous legislatures - even though Democrats campaigned on eliminating the school funding shift during the last election cycle.