STATEMENT FROM REP. HEINRICH ON WALZ BUDGET PROPOSAL
ST. PAUL - State Representative John Heinrich, R-Anoka, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tim Walz's 2021-2022 budget proposal. Gov. Walz is proposing $1.7 billion in new taxes including a 10 percent hike to Minnesota's top tax bracket, a 15 percent hike to Minnesota's business tax, and regressive tax hikes on cigarettes and vaping products that disproportionately hit low-income Minnesotans. The Governor is proposing just .3% in cuts ($150 million) out of a $52+ billion budget.
"This new budget from Governor Walz will only hurt those who need our help," said Heinrich. "With these massive tax hikes, our economic recovery will slow down, and families and businesses who have already been hit hard will suffer even more. I know the people of our community have tightened up their budgets over the last year, and it is time for government to do the same."
Lawmakers and the Governor must pass a new two-year budget by June 30 to avoid a state government shutdown.