Democrat Budget Priorities Will Hurt Hard Working Minnesotans
ST. PAUL – Governor Mark Dayton used his most recent State of the State address to reiterate his budget priorities for the next two years, a plan State Representative Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) said will force the poor and middle class to pay more in order to radically expand the size of state government.
"I tried to warn people that the goal of Democrats this session is to raise your taxes and spend more on government programs," Cornish said. "They have an insatiable appetite to tax people, and now that they control all levels of state government, they’ll leave no stone unturned to see what they can get away with."
The governor’s plan includes a $2.5 billion state spending increase from the previous state budget.
Cornish said there are many new taxes that the Governor wants everyone pay. If all of them are approved it will be a $3.7 billion increase for the next two years alone.
The majority of the tax increases would come through the sales tax. While the Democrat chief executive wants to lower the rate to 5.5 percent, he also wants to expand the sales tax to dozens of new areas, including:
• Clothing purchases
• Car repairs
• Over the counter medications, such as aspirin.
• Internet purchases
And Cornish said that’s just the beginning.
"I believe we’ll also force Minnesotans to pay more in fees and fines, things like speeding tickets and permits," Cornish said. "If it’s something you need to purchase or pay through a state agency, I think you’ll likely be paying more this year than you did last year."
"I’ve already heard from clothiers and barbers, worried about the tax increase and passing those costs on to their customers," Cornish continued. "As more details from this plan come forward, I’m sure I’ll hear from more residents who are not happy about paying higher taxes."
Cornish said that over the past year, each economic forecast has improved Minnesota’s budget outlook. He hopes the Democrats will wait until after the February forecast has been issued before they approve their tax increase plans, but if that forecast is worse than expected, to look for them to find additional things to tax to make up the revenue difference.
Cornish added that spending cuts appear to be out of the question. Out of the Governor’s $38 billion budget proposal, he only offered $167 million in spending cuts. In other words, for every $22 in new spending, there’s only $1 in reductions.