“Give it Back” is the message as Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate roll out their tax relief plan today (Tues 930am) in light of the state’s continued 17.5-billion-dollar budget surplus. Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson from East Grand Forks says:
“We’re just making sure that the *first* people that get taken care of are Minnesotans, not Minnesota state government.”
Governor Tim Walz says to Republicans:
“Well, join the crowd. That’s what we’ve been saying since last year. The question is, we want to give it back to working Minnesotans to make a difference for the future, rather than giving it to the wealthiest Minnesotans.”
Republicans say their plan includes permanent tax cuts for seniors, workers, property owners and parents. Likely their biggest pressure point is to eliminate state tax on Social Security benefits — which some Democrats support, but not top leaders. Governor Walz says he won’t give tax breaks to the rich.