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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Torkelson hopes democrates keep promise to undo tax increase laws

  • The 2014 Legislative Session has begun and State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) said the top priority for legislative leadership and Governor Dayton is to follow through on promises to help agriculture and hardworking Minnesotans.
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  • The 2014 Legislative Session has begun and State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) said the top priority for legislative leadership and Governor Dayton is to follow through on promises to help agriculture and hardworking Minnesotans.
     
    “Last session, Democrats chose to raise taxes and fees by more than $2 billion on all hardworking taxpayers,” Torkelson said. “Farmers and businesses were hit unnecessarily hard. At Farmfest, the governor promised to repeal these tax hikes in special session, but even though Democrats controlled both the House and Senate, the Governor chose not to push the issue and keep that promise.”
     
    The specific laws that are negatively impacting farmers and many small businesses and companies include sales taxes on warehousing and storage services, commercial and industrial equipment repair, and telecommunications equipment. These taxes are scheduled to cost Minnesota’s business owners more than $300 million over two years.
    State economists will unveil the updated February budget forecast in the coming days. If a significant budget surplus is projected, Torkelson said those funds could easily contribute the revenue needed to make the Democratic tax increases disappear.
     
    “It will be very interesting to see what Governor Dayton and the legislature prioritize this year, because it would be very easy for them to undo many of their laws that are causing problems,” Torkelson said. “Certainly I will be advocating for the elimination of these unneeded tax increases and other troublesome regulations, and I’m hopeful that the governor and legislative leadership will do the same.”
     
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