Minnesota Government Overcharges Taxpayers by $1.65 Billion

Feb 28, 2017 by AFP
AFP-MN calls on Governor Dayton to work with the Legislature to return the money to taxpayers and reform Minnesota’s tax system

St. Paul – Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota (AFP-MN), reacted to the news that the state of Minnesota is projected to collect almost $1.65 billion more from taxpayers than it needs to fund the state budget.

Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota’s state director, Jason Flohrs, released the following statement:

“Minnesotans are overpaying on their taxes and they should have that money returned them immediately. It is disappointing that Governor Dayton in his budget would spend nearly every dollar of this “surplus” on an expansion of already bloated government programs, rather than giving it back.

More concerning, however, is that even after spending the “surplus” he wants to take even more from the pockets of hardworking Minnesotans. If Governor Dayton got his way, Minnesota families would pay 16 cents more per gallon of gas and be forced to pay additional taxes on already skyrocketing health care costs. Why would the Governor propose new taxes that hit hardest those who are already struggling to make ends meet?

Our hardworking families and entrepreneurs would fare much better if the government would get out of their way and return the money that taxpayers have been overcharged. The Governor should work with the Legislature to provide meaningful, long-term tax relief and tackle the needed reforms that will make Minnesota a more competitive place to live and work.”