Democrats’ Favorite Day of the Year
This year, you can thank Governor Dayton and Minnesota Democrats for higher taxes.
Democrats raised taxes by $2.1 Billion in 2013, expanding government spending by 11%. In addition Gov. Dayton promised to raise taxes on the top 2%, but the majority of Democrat taxes fell onto low and middle class Minnesotans.
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Political Gimmicks and Agency Reports
Anatomy of the Democrats’ Broken Promise on Property Tax Cuts
Gov. Dayton and the Democrats sent local governments $292 million in new state aids and promised property taxes would go down statewide as a result.
The statewide property tax levy went up $125 million to the highest level in state history to support local government spending increases.
Conjure up a simulated reporting scenario that shows property taxes going down!
Look at Property Taxes Where You Live!
Only 1 out of 7 cities, counties and townships lowered property taxes, and almost half of all school districts raised property taxes.
- 74 out of 87 counties either raised property taxes or kept them flat (85%).
- 731 out of 853 cities either raised property taxes or kept them flat (86%).
- 1646 out of 1911 townships either raised property taxes or kept them flat (86%).
- 151 out of 331 school districts either raised property taxes or kept them flat (46%).
(Click here to see what happened where you live)
But Democrats Still Claim Property Taxes Declined. What Gives?
Democrats created some slick messaging and reporting to convince the public of their property tax “reduction”.
1. They refer to property tax reductions for certain types of properties only, while forgetting to mention that 8 out of 12 property types increased. (Click here for the 2013 vs 2014 comparison report from the non-partisan Senate Research staff)
2. They advertise only certain cherry-picked jurisdictions where taxes went down, but forget to mention any of the 86% of jurisdictions statewide where property taxes did not go down. (Click here for Full Report by taxing jurisdiction)
3. They requested a “Simulation Report” from the Department of Revenue to show property taxes collected by local governments minus the estimated state credits that are projected to be claimed. In the arcane world of state agency reporting, the distinction of a “Simulation Report” is important. Rather than relying on the actual reported property tax levies from local governments in the traditional state agency report formats included above, Democrats needed a one-off simulated scenario relying on projections of state credits to create a scenario they could present to the public to show a “reduction” in property taxes. And they included in the state credits an offset of the estimated renters credit, which does not go the actual property tax payer.
So Why Not Just Say What Actually Happened?
Gov. Dayton and the Democrats made a promise they could not keep.
They passed significant funding increases to local governments in their budget last year, promising it would lower taxes. Then they doubled down in a July 30, 2013 press conference where they promised property taxes would go down $121 million. And even using their own “new” math by simulating projected estimates of state credits, they were $113 million off of their July promise. And all that after spending $292 million on local governments to achieve it.
With an election coming up, it is no surprise that Democrats would try to find some way to spin it.
Ideas That Work!
In contrast, the Republican budget produced a better result for property taxpayers in 2013. Despite DFL attempts to buy down property taxes in 2014, the statewide property tax levy actually increased $4 million more than under the Republican’s budget in 2013.
Republicans know that property taxes are controlled at the local level by city councils, county commissioners and school boards. Controlling local government spending and making sure that those local spending decisions are transparent to taxpayers is the solution.
They should be…
Feminists do it best….
The only senators to vote against the bill were Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
Well it is the party of Death for a reason…
And these Humanists are doing what? To help starving kids…what?
Ever notice how that seems to be the leftists way?
They are not registering their legally bought guns!!
Even though we made it illegal by passing knee jerk, dumb ass laws!!
I hope they continue to refuse to submit to tyranny..