SAINT PAUL, MN – Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s budget proposal from DFL Governor Mark Dayton:
“I’m disappointed that instead of providing meaningful tax reductions for working Minnesotans, Governor Dayton chose instead to enact the largest tax increase in the history of our state. Governor Dayton veils his proposal in carefully crafted campaign slogans all while putting Minnesota on a path of out-of-control spending – it’s a bad deal for middle class families, and a bad deal for Minnesota.
“This budget hurts middle class families by raising taxes on goods like medicine, haircuts, and oil changes. It levies a tax on clothing for the first time in state history. It raises new taxes on businesses, making them less competitive and all the while making Wisconsin, South Dakota, and North Dakota all the more attractive for businesses to open or relocate to. I hope in the coming weeks Governor Dayton will take an approach that will grow private sector jobs for Minnesotans rather than pursuing this irresponsible budget proposal that puts jobs at risk.”