Representative McNamara’s Capitol Update: It is frustrating to see so many tax increases and lack of reform

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 4/5/2013

Hello from the Capitol,

As we begin the final weeks of the 2013 legislative session, I wanted to give you a brief update. Governor Dayton, the House, and the Senate have now presented their 2013-2014 spending targets. With our economy on a slow recovery path, it is frustrating for me to see so many tax increases and lack of reform in their plans.

I am up to the challenge of working to keep Minnesota on the path of common-sense state government, one that lives within its means and doesn’t spend money it doesn’t have. What I’ve learned during my time in the legislature is that we don’t need more governing from the extremes but a willingness to work together to find solutions that work for our state.

What our state first needs to do is craft a budget that controls our state’s spending, just like you and I do at home and at work. Why is that so hard to figure out? With $2 to $3 billion in new tax increases with minimal restructuring, the Democrat budgets will have long-term and potentially irreversible negative impacts on our state’s economy and job market for decades to come.

Now is the time for government to spend only the amount it has available. The reality is Minnesota is on pace to have a $782 million surplus in two years if we’d just continue living within our means and leave tax rates alone.

With “crunch time” about to begin at the legislature, please contact me with any legislative issues or concerns that you may have because things are going to move very quickly at the Capitol in the next month. Email me any time at rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn or call me.

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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