ST. PAUL – House Republicans have indicated tax relief would be a cornerstone of the 2017 session and it took them less than three days to start following through on their mission.
The House on Thursday fast-tracked into passage $21.7 million in immediate tax relief for Minnesotans by bringing the state’s tax code into compliance with federal provisions. This action was necessary by Jan. 11 in order for tax software programs to be updated in time for qualifying Minnesotans to take advantage of available reductions this tax season.
“This is just the very first step toward helping Minnesotans by correcting the careless and unreasonable tax increases Democrats passed when they had full control at the Capitol,” said Rep. Joe McDonald, R-Delano. “Much work remains on this subject and we will continue offering proposals for tax relief this session. But, for now, it is good to start the session on such a positive note by lessening the tax burden on citizens.”
Key provisions of the bill (H.F. 2) include:
Republicans also Thursday moved to bring to a vote the 2017 Health Care Emergency Aid and Access bill (H.F. 1), which would provide premium relief, extend access to doctors for continuity of care, and begin to reform the individual market. Democrats blocked the measure, despite agreeing days earlier to suspend the rules in order to expedite premium relief for Minnesotans.