Despite having a $2 billion surplus in the state budget, the Democrat-led Senate failed to deliver any substantial tax relief this week in their tax bill. The bill contains minimal cuts for a select few, but the net result of Senate Democrats’ tax policies will still be $1.8 billion in tax increases and fees on all Minnesotans.
No matter your income or financial situation, you will pay more at the gas pump. Even if you don’t drive, you will pay more for household products transported on our roads. You, and every Minnesotan, will pay more.
Republicans have a different philosophy. We’ve introduced a variety of tax cuts to help every family:
Income tax reductions to leave every worker with a bigger paycheck
Social Security exemptions to help seniors on fixed incomes
Military pension exemptions to attract talented veterans to our state
Targeted tax breaks for families raising children
We know every family is different, with their own unique needs and priorities. That’s why family budgets should take priority over stockpiling extra money in the state budget, especially in times of huge surpluses. These tax proposals would create more wiggle-room in your household budget to spend on the things your family needs, leaving everyone better off.
With all these proposals to choose from, we hoped Senate Democrats could find at least one or two they could agree with to include in their tax bill. Instead, they’ve missed another opportunity to show that everyday Minnesotans take priority over wasteful spending. While the state builds brand new offices for part-time legislators and provides huge pay increases to government bureaucrats, it makes you wonder: Who’s really benefiting from your tax dollars?