Entries in Taxes (33)
Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 7:31PM
(St. Paul)-- Republican Legislative Leadership met with Governor Dayton today for over three hours and agreed to a conditional budget offer to end the longest state government shutdown in recent history. The budget deal reached spends $34 billion from the General Fund, without raising taxes.
“The budget agreement in place does not raise taxes, makes targeted reductions in eight budget areas and slows the exponential growth of state spending,” said Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R-Buffalo).
“Republicans have said all along that we do not need a tax increase to balance the budget and today Governor Mark Dayton agreed,” said Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove). “The best thing we can do to improve Minnesota’s economy and create jobs is keep the tax burden down. We appreciate Governor Dayton’s willingness to compromise in the best interests of the state of Minnesota. Our agreement today will result in a budget that is balanced without tax increases and a state that is back to work.”
“I am pleased that we were finally able to come together with Gov. Dayton and agree to a plan that gets Minnesota moving again,” said Senator Koch. “This government shutdown had a rippling effect of individuals, families and businesses all over Minnesota. Having an agreement in place is a certain sign of relief for those most adversely affected by the shutdown.”
Speaker Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Koch expect to finalize details of the agreement over the next few days and have bills ready for a Special Legislative Session as early as next week.
Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:26PM
(St. Paul) -- Republican Legislative Leaders met with Governor Dayton
on Thursday to offer a new budget compromise to prevent a government
shutdown. The new proposal eliminates the Republicans’ request for
tax relief in exchange Republican leaders have asked Governor Dayton to
drop his request for a tax increase. By recognizing the dire fiscal
condition the state is in, the decision to give up tax cuts demonstrates
the Legislature’s commitment to reach a budget agreement by June 30,
“The offer we presented today represents a major compromise onbehalf of Republicans to resolve the state's budget. We are giving up100 percent of our tax cuts. We ask Governor Dayton to give up 100percent of his tax increase and work with us to prevent a governmentshutdown he pledged would never happen,” said Speaker of the HouseKurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove).
“This is a principled, substantive offer which appropriatesadditional funds to areas where Governor Dayton has specifically citedconcerns,” said Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R-Buffalo).“Moreover, this offer demonstrates our commitment to the state’spriorities and spends appropriate amounts of available revenues. Thisbuilds on the June 6 offer that met Gov. Dayton’s funding levels andconcerns for kids, courts and cops as outlined in his veto message,which represented agreement on nearly 50 percent of the state’sbudget.”
The new offer appropriates additional funds for higher education,
environment, transportation, local government aid, flood and disaster
relief. This is a significant compromise that recognizes the value of
efficient and effective services and does not increase the tax burden on
working Minnesotans and job providers.
Republican legislative leaders are expected to continue to meet with
Governor Dayton in order to agree to a budget that is affordable to
taxpayers and that will provide the services and reforms that citizens
expect from state government. The offer made Thursday will expire at
5:00 PM on Monday, June 20.