(St. Paul, MN) – On Tuesday, April 23, Minnesota State Senate Democrats announced their tax plan. Overall, their proposal raises $1.86 billion in new taxes to close only a $657 million state budget deficit. The largest tax increase is accomplished by raising $1.2 billion in taxes on the “so called richest 2%” individuals making over $79,730 and married joint filers making over $140,960. For these individuals, rates will increase by over 20% — from 7.85% to 9.4% — starting in tax year 2013.
The bill also adds new sales taxes to everyday items like clothing, auto repairs, over-the-counter medications and more. This is on top of their recently proposed 10-15 cent per gallon new gas tax.
“Minnesotans can’t afford the Senate Democrat’s tax plan,” said Senator Torrey Westrom (R – Elbow Lake). “Everyone will have to pay more for clothing, oil changes, haircuts, over-the-counter medications and the middle-class will be directly hit with higher income taxes.”
“I support a more efficient and effective government, not a more expensive government that Minnesotans can’t afford. Before we take another dime in taxes from all hardworking Minnesotans, we should be going line-by-line through our state budget and cut wasteful government spending,” Senator Westrom added.
Senator Westrom encourages and appreciates citizen input. He can be reached by telephone at (651) 296-3826 or (855) 407-7386, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via mail at 107 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.