Rep Denny McNamara’s Capitol Update: There is nothing balanced about raising taxes by $2.6 billion on hardworking Minnesota taxpayers

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 4/30/2013

Hello from the State Capitol,

With less than three weeks left in session, the Minnesota House is in the process of approving a number of finance proposals that will fund state government programs over the next two years.

I’m pleased to report there have been some good bills approved recently. Specifically, our higher education proposal will hold the University of Minnesota accountable and force it to rein in its administrative costs. I also voted in favor of our transportation funding proposal, as it will help to repair many roads and bridges in our state.

As for our health and human services funding bill, I was disappointed it cut funding for nursing homes and may do the same to hospitals – including the Regina Medical Center in Hastings. The legislation includes a provision about how money is distributed to hospitals, and when asked repeatedly how it might affect facilities around our state, the sponsor literally said he did not know. For this and many other reasons, I voted no on this bill.

I also voted no on the House omnibus taxes plan, which raises taxes by more than $2.6 billion on every hardworking taxpayer in this state. This plan would make Minnesota the second most taxed state in the nation and it is the largest tax increase, even after inflation, in the last three decades.

Under the House Democrat tax plan, Minnesotans will see higher taxes on their income, internet purchases, sports memorabilia, cigarettes and alcohol, to name a few. I’ve heard from a number of constituents in Hastings and Cottage Grove that are extremely troubled by the cigarette and alcohol tax increases.

Think about it. We live in border communities. If Minnesota is going to raise its cigarette tax by 113 percent and the alcohol tax by 203 percent, what’s going to stop our residents from making the short drive down Highway 10 to Prescott and stocking up?

There is nothing balanced about raising taxes by $2.6 billion on hardworking Minnesota taxpayers. We should be going line-by-line to eliminate waste before we consider raising taxes on anyone or any product. The state already collects enough revenue already and if we spend what we do have more efficiently, there is enough money to fund the needed programs in state government.

As always, you can contact me at any time if you have questions or comments.

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

2 Responses to “Rep Denny McNamara’s Capitol Update: There is nothing balanced about raising taxes by $2.6 billion on hardworking Minnesota taxpayers”

  • How do we stop the DFL madness? I am ready to move, WI is looking better and better. I think I could give my wife enough reasons to move. Her family is here as well as some of our grandkids but Hudson is only 11 miles from Newport, not very far at all.

    • Ev, I actually thought about doing the same thing. My wife and I seriously looked at Wisconsin as recently as a couple weeks ago.

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