The Senate’s recent actions on the 2013 Farm Bill speak to Washington’s complete lack of seriousness in getting spending under control. This year’s version is bigger and more bloated than ever, but that didn’t stop Senators from blocking cuts and reforms before passing it.
The 2013 legislative session adjourned late Monday night with just minutes to spare. This late-night conclusion, which resulted in $2 billion in total new taxes and nearly $3 billion in new spending, brought to an end a tumultuous session brought on by the dangers of one-party rule. It didn’t have to be this way.
According to a report from the Star Tribune, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders yesterday reached an absurd budget agreement that calls for nearly $3 billion in new taxes to resolve a $627 million deficit.
AFP-MN has compiled the following list of specific proposals for increased taxes, fees and spending that go above and beyond Gov. Dayton’s own proposal. This list highlights bills and their authors leading the charge for dramatically higher taxes and increased government spending.