When I ran to be the Representative for District 55A, one of the things I ran on was to put an end to these massive multi-subject bills commonly referred to as Omnibus bills. These are bills presented by the committee chairs that encompass multiple subjects and cost billions of dollars each. The most striking this year would likely have to be the massive $1.5 billion in tax increases that came out of transportation this week. Those tax increases include a new gas tax, more sales tax increases, and increases in fines and registration fees for tabs.
This year the practice of using these Omnibus bills has been abused by the Majority and used as a tool to silence the Minority. The House has operated remotely most of this year and all committees have been held via zoom. This new forum allows committee chairs to silence debate on bills in the interest of time. Instead of single subject bills moving out of committee by voting, the chair will lay the bill over to include in their omnibus bill. This process has no vote. This week we saw the result of this as the omnibus bills were dropped and heard in committee. It became painfully obvious this was not popular by either side but still Democrats refuse to break from their party and force these massive tax increases on the backs of Minnesotans.
Watch my video below that explains these omnibus bills, and walks you through why this is such a bad idea.
Calling for Relief when Politicians Fail
In Taxes I attempted to amend their massive omnibus bill. My amendment would have ceased all state taxation in the event of a state government shutdown. This would mean the cost of EVERYTHING would go down and every Minnesotans income would go up during state shutdowns because there would be no gas tax, no liquor tax, no tobacco tax, no sales taxes whatsoever AND no state income taxes stolen from your paycheck. The goal is to make shutdowns less palatable for politicians to use as a political tool.
Just as Governor Walz has repeatedly used government force to shutdown private businesses thereby choking off those businesses’ revenue streams, my amendment sought to choke off the state governments revenue should the state government shutdown. It only seems fair to treat the public sector in the same fashion as the state has treated the private sector. However, the Democrats on the Tax Committee apparently don’t agree in equitable outcomes like this as they voted down my amendment. Video below.