2013: Higher Taxes and Bigger Government
The Minnesota Legislature gaveled into session on Tuesday, and as media has reported, the first few bills introduced by majorities in the House and Senate propose raising taxes on middle class families and job creators.
On Wednesday night at the Minnesota Chamber’s Annual Legislative Meeting, Tina Smith, Governor Dayton’ top aide, announced that “fair, progressive, sustainable revenue need to be part of the solution.” So, what is the problem they are seeking a solution to? Mark Dayton doesn’t have enough money to spend.
For the last couple of months, incoming legislative leaders have been discussing the ways to accomplish this “solution,” including higher gas taxes, higher excise taxes on tobacco, expanding sales tax to include food and clothing as well as increases in income taxes.
Clearly, ill-advised consumption taxes will target lower to middle income earners disproportionately. If the Governor believed in budget restraint while we are in a slow economy and truly wished to protect the least fortunate amongst us, his administration and their allies would not be targeting them with regressive taxes.
We have a fight on our hands for the future of our State in St. Paul, and, that’s why we need your help.
Every week from now through March, Americans For Prosperity activists will be gathering in St. Paul to analyze bills introduced by legislators so that we can identify bad legislation that seeks to grow government, encroach on our economic freedoms and waste taxpayer dollars. When we identify this legislation, we will create rapid reaction alerts to our 19,000 activists statewide to engage with their elected officials.
To sign up for this important project and learn about opportunities to help out, please click here to sign up and get involved. Thank you for standing up for Minnesota!