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State Representative Bob Gunther

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Posted: 2010-04-13 00:00:00
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NEWS RELEASE

REP. GUNTHER: WHILE MINNESOTA ACKNOWLEDGES TAX FREEDOM DAY, LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP IGNORES LOOMING DEFICIT


ST. PAUL – April 13 marks Minnesota’s “Tax Freedom Day” this year, or the day Minnesota’s workers earn enough money to pay their tax obligations at the federal, state, and local levels.

“Basically, someone has to work for three and a half months out of the year before they’ll have enough to pay off their annual tax burden,” Gunther said. “The experts say most Minnesotans will likely pay more taxes in 2010 than they will spend on food, clothing and shelter combined.”

Meanwhile at the State Capitol, Gunther questions how much bang for the buck Minnesotans are actually receiving for their tax dollars these days.

“Minnesota House Democrats filed a lawsuit against Governor Pawlenty – at taxpayer expense – because he balanced the state’s budget when legislative leadership refused to finish the job,” Gunther said. “If that lawsuit is successful, the Legislature will then have a $3 billion budget deficit to eliminate before May 17. If it fails to do so, we’ll be called into special session, which also will cost the taxpayers greatly.”

“Meanwhile, we have the Senate Majority Leader talking about recessing session for 10 days until both the Democrats and Republicans have endorsed candidates for governor at their respective conventions,” Gunther continued. “This would also buy time to allow federal stimulus funding – your tax dollars – to arrive and help the Democrats eliminate our remaining $600 million budget deficit and avoid more spending cuts.”

Gunther also notes that legislative leadership has done nothing to address the colossal $6 billion deficit projected for Fiscal Year 2011-12.

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