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Based on Briana Bierschbach’s article, there’s 4 things hanging up a budget agreement. Here are the 4 items:

1) Provider tax
2) Gas tax
3) Other tax increases
4) Spending

What it really comes down to is the DFL wants to spend Minnesota into oblivion. We’re already running a surplus because we’re taxed too much. That expected surplus is already being revised upward. There’s a ton of money flowing into Minnesota’s coffers. Tim Walz and the DFL want to raise taxes even higher and spend money at an unsustainable rate.

Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said there are several pots of money that already exist in the state to spend more on education and public safety, including the state’s $1 billion budget surplus, as well as the more than $2 billion in state budget reserves, which were recently fed even more when revenue collections came in nearly $500 million higher than expected last month. “We can get to places of compromise that still do not need any tax increases to work,” Gazelka said.

Republicans need to say no to the DFL’s tax increases and spending increases, starting with the HCAF tax increase. (HCAF = the Health Care Access Fund.) HCAF funds some subsidized health insurance programs but it frequently gets raided, too. A loyal reader of LFR contacted me and told me that monies have been shifted out of HCAF and into the general fund, where it can be used for who knows what.

Further, I read a recent commentary that says that 77% of the money in HCAF gets moved into the general fund as a sort of “slush fund” to pay off the DFL’s special interest allies. In other words, they could cut the HCAF tax substantially and still have enough money to fund the programs they currently want to fund. That’s before we talk about the gas tax increase, which is obscene, and the other tax increases. Let’s put it this way:

  1. we’re already running a surplus
  2. revenues are coming in faster than predicted
  3. Minnesota’s Rainy Day Fund has $2,523,000,000 in it, the largest in state history
  4. Despite all this, the DFL wants to increase taxes by another $12,000,000,000 over the next 4 years.

What types of drugs are the DFL using? Perhaps the DFL has gotten ahold of the newly legalized magic mushrooms and are using them. This isn’t insane. It’s galaxies beyond insane.

2 Responses to “The DFL is the biggest roadblock to passing a sane Minnesota budget”

  • Rex newman says:

    Two questions for the DFL: 1. When did you last propose cutting a tax, even a little? 2. How fat does the surplus and/or budget reserve have to get for you not propose still more tax increases? Not cut – just leave them as is?

  • Chad Q says:

    The answers to your questions are:
    1. Never
    2. There will never be enough money in over taxation or their slush fund to not raise taxes.

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