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RELEASE: Gruenhagen, Minnesota House approve tax relief for Minnesota families

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Middle-class families, farmers, seniors, veterans, college students all benefit from $2 billion in tax relief
ST. PAUL, MN—The Minnesota House approved the omnibus House Tax bill Wednesday with bipartisan support on a 74-58 vote. Representative Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, issued the following statement regarding the bill:
"Minnesota families are the clear winners in this tax bill that provides significant tax relief to families, farmers, seniors, veterans, and college students." Gruenhagen said. "It's disappointing that Democrats at the Capitol are talking about a regressive gas tax increase that will hurt low-income families and seniors, and raise the price of goods and services. We need to focus on putting more money back in the pockets of families, rather than finding ways to take more money from them."
Highlights of the tax bill include:

• 2,045,000 Minnesotans could receive relief through a NEW state version of the personal or dependent exemption on tax returns equal to 25 percent of the federal exemption.
• 366,500 aging adults living on fixed income could receive relief from the phasing-out of the tax on social security.
• 240,000 farmers could receive relief through a property tax credit that reduces their disproportionate share of school district debt service.
• 130,000 families with pre-kindergarteners could receive relief through the expansion of the education deduction to include pre-kindergarten expenses.
• 109,500 college students could receive student loan debt relief through a NEW tax credit for principal and interest loan payments on student loans.


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