To the editor,
I hope everybody is having a great New Year thus far!
The end of January brings us to the beginning of the 2022 legislative session and preparations are already underway to tackle crucial issues.
While this may not be a budget year in the traditional sense, many decisions will likely involve the state’s historic $7.7 BILLION budget surplus. Hardworking Minnesotans are facing higher costs on nearly every purchase due to record setting inflation continuing to soar under the Biden administration. Now is the time to deliver historic tax cuts and return the tax over-collection to those who overpaid.
One area to target tax relief should be eliminating state taxes on Social Security. Reports show Minnesota is among the least tax-friendly states for retirees and a contributing factor of the exodus of people leaving Minnesota for warmer states with lower taxes. Ending the state tax on Social Security would be a welcome improvement, particularly for those on fixed incomes.
We should also take quick action to eliminate the tax increase Minnesota businesses recently suffered with increased Unemployment Insurance rates. Our great businesses have already suffered significantly and should not be further harmed by increased unemployment costs resulting from Gov. Walz’s poor decision making and subjective mandates which forced good people to lose their jobs.
Following are among the top issues and concerns I received the most feedback from constituents over the past year. The feedback I receive is what I use to set my priorities as I continue my 100% commitment fighting for our Constitutional values:
I look forward to tackling the challenges we face this session and, as always, I very much value input from the great residents of our community. The best way to reach me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (651) 296-1534.
State Rep. Eric Lucero