Rep Denny McNamara’s Capitol Update: House Democrats are looking to raise taxes by $2.4 billion and raise millions more through increased fees throughout state government

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 4/15/2013

Hello from St. Paul,

Earlier this session, I sent out my annual session survey and asked area residents to fill it out and share their views on topics that were likely to be debated at the Capitol this year. Hundreds of you responded, and I thought I’d share the results with you today.

69 percent of respondents believe Minnesota should immediately pay back the money borrowed from our schools over the past few years. 70 percent say we should not broaden the sales tax to clothing and other services, while 66 percent want to raise cigarette taxes.

When asked if they supported a 3.5 percent tax increase on health insurance premiums to meet President Obama’s new Affordable Care Act, 82 percent said no. 89 percent oppose the unionization of child care providers, and 64 percent do not support a transit tax increase in the Metro Area.

I also asked pair of questions this year on hunting. 55% of those responding said we should continue the deer hunting requirement in Zone 3 for bucks to have four points on one side, while 56 percent want to allow scopes during the muzzleloader deer hunting season.

My thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out my survey.

Over the past week, much of my legislative time has been spent reviewing our comprehensive environment finance budget proposal for the next two years. As the Republican lead on this committee, I’ve been analyzing hundreds of proposals and provisions, and I can tell you that this bill is heading down the path of government overreach. If you’re a fan of government reform and holding the line on spending, this is not the bill for you.

Despite Governor Dayton’s insistence that continued permitting reform be included in the proposal – a move that would cut more of the red tape that scares many job providers from expanding or relocating in this state – it is nowhere to be found. What can be found are dozens of staggering fee increases that will impact hardworking taxpayers in every tax bracket.

Water appropriation permit fee increases will hit cities, businesses, and well owners alike, and all will pay more for their water as a result. If you own a lake cabin, you’ll pay more. If you want to paint your house, buy batteries, or re-carpet your basement, increased fees in this bill mean you’d pay more for them at the store. There are dozens more.

I’m disappointed the focus of this environment bill is to find new ways to take more of your money to spend on more government. On Thursday, the latest revenue report found that Minnesota collected $145 million more than anticipated in February and March. Income, sales and corporate tax collections all exceeded expectations. We haven’t had a negative budget forecast in well over a year, yet House Democrats are looking to raise taxes by $2.4 billion and raise millions more through increased fees throughout state government.

I personally believe we can do better and remain hopeful that some of these unnecessary mandates, taxes, and fee increases will disappear as the budget bills move through the committee process and eventually to the House floor.

Keep in touch,
Denny

Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-3135
rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn

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