The legislature convened for a special session recently to provide critical disaster relief funding for the 18 counties impacted by storms in June 2013. The vote was unanimous in the Senate, and nearly unanimous in the House. It was great to see such bipartisan cooperation to pass this important relief for cities and counties.
Unfortunately for Minnesotans, Democrats neglected the perfect opportunity to clean up the man-made disaster that they’ve inflicted on hardworking Minnesotans.
In May, Democrats passed burdensome new taxes on warehousing services, commercial equipment repair, and telecom equipment. These taxes, as acknowledged by Governor Dayton, will be passed down to consumers, resulting in everyone paying more for everyday goods and services.
At that time, 69 Democrats in the House voted in favor of the $2.1 billion dollars in new taxes, and all 61 Republicans stood united with hardworking taxpayers in opposing these taxes.
It didn’t take long for Democrats to recognize the public’s discontent and acknowledge that they had gone too far. Legislators on both sides indicated support for repealing these taxes.
In June, Republicans called on Gov. Dayton and Democrat leaders to call a special session to repeal the taxes.
Democrats said no, stating Minnesotans had seen enough special sessions.
How many jobs are Democrats willing to sacrifice for their stubborn refusal to fix the taxes they’ve admitted were mistakes?
The recent special session was Democrats’ opportunity to make good on their statements and ensure that their actions matched their words. The legislature was back in Saint Paul with a chance to act, and Democrats turned their backs on the taxpayers of this state.
There are no excuses. Democrats have absolute, complete control of state government. Minnesotans can’t afford to wait one more day for Democrats to fix their mistakes.
House GOP leader