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Democrats turn their backs once again on Greater Minnesota

Friday, August 23, 2013

Dear Friends,

Earlier this month at FarmFest, I was encouraged to hear of Governor Dayton's newfound support for the repeal of the farm equipment repair tax during the special session for disaster relief on September 9th.

Despite proposing it in his initial budget and signing it into law, the Governor escaped the confines of Saint Paul and finally realized that the taxes, particularly the tax Democrats raised on farm equipment repairs,  have real impacts on real Minnesota families.

Special session provided an ideal opportunity to address the mistakes made by Democrats last session. Unfortunately, despite broad bipartisan consensus for repealing the farm equipment repair tax and bipartisan calls to repeal other business-to-business taxes, Democrats failed to compromise and turned their back on Minnesota farmers and Minnesota families who are paying more thanks to these burdensome new taxes.

It's inexcusable that Democrats in full control of state government refuse to eliminate wasteful spending--needing just a fraction of a percent of the record-setting $38 billion dollar budget--to bring much-needed relief to Minnesota families and farmers, and stop the damage being done to Greater Minnesota.

I hope we will revisit repealing these taxes when the legislature returns in 2014, if not sooner. Republicans will continue to stand up for hardworking taxpayers, and work with anyone willing to help fix the mistakes made by Democrats last session.

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

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