ST. PAUL – State Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday including a $670 million tax increase in his updated state budget proposal for the upcoming two-year cycle:
“Our state has a $1.6 billion surplus, $2.5 billion more coming in federal relief and the governor still wants to raise taxes,” Green said. “Or, simply, the same governor who told people they could not work or caused to suffer reduced income in recent months now wants to take more of their money in taxes. This is insulting to Minnesotans on so many levels and once again it illustrates some people want to raise taxes regardless of our bottom line. Our focus should be helping Minnesota families and businesses get back on track, but all the governor’s plan would make the hill to climb even steeper.”
This week, House Republicans announced plans to force votes on full federal conformity on PPP and Unemployment Insurance payments to ensure workers and businesses are not being taxed on aid from the federal government.