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Rep. Sarah Anderson issued this statement about the DFL’s tax increases:

Dear Neighbors,

As a kid, you dreaded hearing the phrase, “other figures sold separately,” at the end of a toy commercial. It meant you weren’t really getting what you were seeing on the TV. That’s kind of how I feel about the upcoming special session in September.

Shortly after session ended in May, I heard some Democrats say they wanted to repeal the business to business taxes included in the final tax bill. However, when the opportunity to stop the bleeding from this tax came upon us with the proposed special session, we only got the “other figures sold separately” line. This refusal to correct a “bad tax policy” means Minnesota will lose businesses and the jobs these businesses provide along with consumers being forced to pay more for products.

The B2B tax on storage and warehouse services alone could cost our state over 7,000 jobs. Four states who tried the warehouse tax repealed it within six months. One state repealed it in two days.

Today, we heard from former Democrat Speaker Margaret Kelliher asking the Legislature to repeal the telecommunication tax. It is estimated this tax will cost our state 3,300 jobs. I agree with the former Speaker that we need to take action now and repeal all of the business to business taxes. See her comments here: http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3134462.shtml?cat=89

It’s not just jobs we stand to lose; every Minnesota family will pay more for groceries, medicine, personal care products, and much more. The Department of Revenue study notes that families will pay more when new business tax increases are passed on to consumers. In fact, this same study shows that the people who earn the least amount of money will pay the most for the $2.4 billion in tax and fee increases passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and Governor’s office.

Though the Democrat leaders announced today that they won’t fix this problem in the September special session, my Republican colleagues and I will continue to encourage them to correct this huge mistake. We cannot afford to lose any more jobs and we should not force higher prices on already struggling families.

The DFL imposed huge new tax increases this session, including a telecommunications equipment sales tax, a farm equipment repair sales tax, the warehouse sales tax and a gigantic cigarette tax increase.

I wrote here about Speaker Kelliher’s call for repealing the telecommunications equipment sales tax. I wrote here about Gov. Dayton, Speaker Thissen and Sen. Bakk breaking their promise to farmers. I wrote here about how the cigarette tax is hurting convenience stores, especially in the Moorhead area. This morning, Rep. Mary Franson confirms the damage being done to convenience stores in this tweet:

met with a wholesaler in my district this week. C-stores along border struggling.

Gov. Dayton and the DFL have made overtures towards green energy companies in an attempt to lure them here from other states. Unfortunately, they’re punishing companies already operating in Minnesota. Playing favorites with the economy is what helped drive the US economy into the Great Stagnation. Apparently, Gov. Dayton and the DFL didn’t learn. Apparently, they think that they can follow the same pattern and get better results. That’s either foolishness or arrogance. Either way, it’s counterproductive, which is what Gov. Dayton’s and this DFL legislature’s reputation should be.

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One Response to “Sarah Anderson speaks out against tax increases”

  • J. Ewing says:

    As I understand it, there was “no agreement” as to the content of the special session, so the legislature is free to take up whatever it wants. Furthermore, other than the so-called “gentleman’s agreement” that might have or even was a part of getting the Governor to call the session, I think the GOP should introduce the tax repeal bills anyway, and force the DFL to get off the fence.

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