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Posted: 2009-04-21 00:00:00
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NEWS RELEASE

DEMOCRAT TAX INCREASES TROUBLING TO REP. GUNTHER


ST. PAUL – Almost every Minnesotan would suffer from recent tax proposals introduced by Minnesota House and Senate Democrats according to State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont).

“They could call them the ‘No Taxpayer Left Behind’ bills, as everyone who lives in this state would be forced to pay more to state government,” Gunther said.

Besides across the board income tax hikes on every working Minnesotan, the Democrat bills would also more than double the cigarette tax from 48-cents to $1.02; raise taxes on alcoholic beverages; and ends the sales tax exemption on the private sale of boats, ATVs and snowmobiles.

Gunther said Democrats also want to repeal tax credits for K-12 education expenses, dependent care expenses, long-term care insurance premiums, and the gas tax credit while eliminating itemized deductions for property taxes, mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

But Gunther said the across the board income tax proposals are gathering the most attention at the State Capitol. He noted that more than 90 percent of Minnesota’s businesses pay personal income tax, and that the Democrat’s tax increase would punish the job creators that would help lead our economic recovery.

“Democrats want to cut funding for schools, veterans and public safety and still raise taxes by $2 billion,” Gunther said. “It’s obvious they want to raise taxes so they can protect the welfare state because no other state program stands to benefit.”

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