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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Greg Davids (R)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
ST. PAUL – Stressing a need to improve the way state government operates, Governor Tim Pawlenty shared his vision for Minnesota in his annual State of the State Address. The speech outlined several specific proposals, most of which are supported by State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston). “I was pleased with Governor Pawlenty’s bold, aggressive initiatives,” Davids said. “He knows which programs need to be prioritized, and he knows how to solve our projected $5 billion budget deficit.” Davids was encouraged by the Governor’s proposed Minnesota Jobs Recovery Act, which, in part, would cut Minnesota’s business tax rate by more than half – from 9.8 percent to 4.8 percent – over the next six years, and provide tax credits for job creators. “Small businesses are the backbone of this state, and the best way to solve our financial woes is to put more people to work,” Davids said. “Our Main Street business owners in Houston and Fillmore counties have been struggling financially for some time. It’s time we recognize their importance to the state’s economy.” Davids was also pleased with Pawlenty’s goal to protect the taxpayer, increase funding for our schools, and continue to encourage and enhance the growth of the renewable energy industry in Minnesota. “Leave our taxes alone, increase our renewable fuel output, and give our schools the resources they need,” Davids summarized. “Overall I feel he’s on the right track and has a positive outlook for the State of Minnesota.”