Greetings from the Capitol!
This week, House Republicans laid out their budget proposal for the next two years, including a new plan to fund transportation projects, and a tax relief bill.
Since I first took office in 2010, the state budget has grown by over $10 billion. Government is growing faster than our bank accounts and Governor Dayton’s solution is to continue the exorbitant growth of expenditures. I am hopeful that with a new Governor being elected in 2018, he or she will be more committed to cutting Minnesotans’ tax rates.
The transportation plan that was introduced invests $6 billion over the next decade, with $2 billion being spent in the next two years alone, without raising the gas tax. I believe that with a $1.6 billion surplus, the Governor and lawmakers should not be proposing to raise your taxes. The bill would be funded through bonds and a re-appropriation of auto-related taxes to be spent exclusively on transportation projects. This bill is a comprehensive and straightforward approach to funding future projects, and I am hopeful for a positive reception from Governor Dayton.
Some key provisions in the bill that benefit Greater Minnesota:
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