OPINION: Look out for largest state spending increase in history
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 8:15 AM
State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said he knew the spending increases made by the Democrat-led legislature and Governor Dayton were bad, but he didn't know they were historic.
According to the Consolidated Fund Statement that was recently released by the Minnesota Management and Budget department, which details Minnesota's government spending over the next two years, Minnesota's total spending will increase by more than $6 billion to a total of $67 billion - or a 10 percent increase.
"This is what happens when you put liberals in charge of the state: billions in wasteful spending and the expectation that every hardworking Minnesota taxpayer has the capability and the desire to pay more," Davids said.
In other words, Davids said the Democrat-led legislature approved the largest spending increase in our government's history, and raised taxes and fees by $2.4 billion in the process.
Under the DFL budget, Minnesotans in every tax bracket - from the rich to the poorest of the poor - will pay more.
"The icing on the cake is that Governor Mark Dayton is bragging about spending hundreds of millions to lower property taxes," Davids said.
"There are two problems with this claim. First, non-partisan House Research staff released a simulation report saying statewide property taxes are projected to increase by $13 million under the Democrats' budget.
"Second, property tax decisions are left to local governments," Davids continued. "Local Government Aid was increased last session, but cities and counties can spend that money as they choose.
"They could use that money to reduce property taxes locally, but if they spend it on something else, there will be nothing left for property tax reductions - and Governor Dayton knows it."
If you'd like to learn more about the historic state spending increase, visit www.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/budget/report-cons/may13.pdf.