Greetings from St. Paul,
First, I would like to wish a Happy Easter to all. The weekend starts with a somber reminder of Jesus’ suffering on Good Friday but ends with the celebration of the miracle of His resurrection. From my family to yours, Happy Easter.
One of the bigger issues we are facing relates to conforming with the new federal tax laws. Thus far, we have seen Governor Dayton use this as an opportunity to raise taxes and increase spending. We have a budget surplus, indicating that hardworking Minnesotans are overtaxed already. There is absolutely no financial reason we should be raising taxes.
I expect we will be hearing the House Republican tax conformity bill when we resume the legislative session after Easter break. We have to lead the way in providing a tax system that is transparent and based on generating revenue, not on social engineering.
It is almost April, and today is the second committee deadline. We are hearing and discussing lots of bills and I would encourage you to come to the Capitol to testify on any legislation you are passionate about. Now is the time to be involved and have your views heard.
Please Contact Me
As always, please call or email my office if you would like to talk about any state issues.
Have a great weekend and a Blessed Easter,