To the editor
A letter writer asked for information regarding the tax bill which I, and a bi-partisan group of legislators, voted against.
Last week, Minnesota families started being hit with $3 billion in tax/fee increases.
We have record state tax collections that, in 2012, were $1.7 billion more than the past year and $3.2 billion more than the year before that. Minnesota has more money! (source:governing.com)
These billions were banked while resisting Dayton’s attempts to raise taxes. Dayton said your taxes had to be raised and he was wrong.
Positive results occur without raising taxes:
• Increased per student funding of $100 in 2012; increased $158 this year as part the K-12 bill; this required no tax increases
• Pay back over $1 billion of the 2010 school shift I inherited in 2011
• Put $1 billion back in state’s budget reserves, drained in 2010
I also voted for the education bill, along with a bi-partisan group of legislators. I support our schools.
Minneapolis schools have received $15,000-plus per student for years without tax increases. Our schools receive 30 to 40 percent less than this. To say we need to increase taxes/fees by $3 billion to afford the $40 million Barrett fair funding bill betrays common sense.
Sampling of what $3 billion in tax/fee increases gave you:
• Some departments received more funds than asked for
• 1,300 new state employees
• Labeling 8,000 small business child care providers “state employees” for purposes of child-care unionization
• $330 million to create a web site/infrastructure for the Health Exchange.
• Bail out e-pull tab fiasco, breaking a Dayton promise, so the Vikings can avoid using team resources for their stadium
• $40 million gift to Minneapolis paying off library bonds
Don’t be fooled by distractions. Taxes are increasing on everyone while state government grows by 10 percent.
Republican State Rep., District 32B