Governor Quack Quack, Markie Dayton has called a Special Session for today..
Once voted one of the worst Senators evah!!
And then elected by the moon bat liberals here..
…but Governor Dayton says nothing about the other taxes hurting all Minnesotans.
That is…he doesn’t say anything any more!
Follow this tangled chronology of unsteady “leadership”…
First Gov. Dayton proposed this…
January 22, 2013
Touting his administration’s year-long effort to gather input on taxes, Governor Dayton proposes massive business to business sales taxes including a new sales tax on farm equipment repair in his original budget proposal.
January 24, 2013
To answer questions about what would and would not be taxed in Dayton’s budget proposal, the Department of Revenue puts out a detailed list of items that would now face a sales tax, including farm equipment repair.
Then he said that… March 14, 2013
After two months of sustained criticism, Governor Dayton changes his mind on his business sales tax expansions, including the farm equipment repair tax.April 23, 2013
Minnesota Senate Democrats apparently don’t care about the opposition to Dayton’s plan and release their own tax bill which expands the sales tax to business to business services, including the farm equipment repair tax.
May 17, 2013
The Tax Conference Committee, with Commissioner Myron Frans in attendance, discusses the expansion of the sales tax to farm equipment. Senator Senjem first asks the question at the 1:33 mark of the meeting:
- “Madam Chair, and perhaps this has been mentioned, but I look at this electronic and commercial equipment repair, maintenance and so on, non-consumer, and I think it says as much, but that’s a pretty broad menu, I think, of potential things all the way from something used in an iron mine to a combine…”
Rep. Kim Norton also questions the new business to business tax and asks how the number appeared in the spreadsheet without the detail of what exactly will be taxed. In answer to Sen. Senjem’s and Rep. Norton’s questions, Sen. Ann Rest tells the committee that Dayton’s Department of Revenue will provide the details, because it’s their proposal:
- “The question really goes to the Department. They have, I think, a very complex understanding of how they got to that number, they just need to get it in writing. It’s not expanding until you get to that number, it is making sure that the language matches what was the intent. These are ones that we [the Senate] adopted that were from the governor’s budget originally.”
Gov. Datyon signs the tax bill including the farm equipment repair tax…
May 19, 2013
During debate of the tax bill in the House chamber (located right down the hall from the governor’s office), Rep. Rod Hamilton asks House Tax Chair Rep. Ann Lenczewski if the sales tax will now apply “to farm equipment repair.” She answers “that’s correct.” Pressed later, Rep. Lenczewski remained adamant that members of the conference committee insisted on its inclusion.
May 20, 2013
The press writes about the tax conference committee including the farm equipment tax over the weekend. Politics in Minnesota, a publication covering the state capitol read by everyone, except perhaps Governor Dayton and his staff, had this to say: “The tax bill also proved a source of headaches in the 11th hour, particularly a provision that would apply the sales tax to farm machinery repairs, which would raise $28 million in the next biennium.”
Gov. Dayton blames others… July – August, 2013
Once the public notices the new tax on farmers, Dayton first blames Legislative staff for a drafting error for its inclusion. Then he blamed House and Senate Democrat leaders, saying the provision was “snuck” into the bill and that most legislators did not know about it. Finally Dayton blamed an “imperfect process”, even though the legislature had four months to write the tax bill and he had three days before signing it to read it.
August 6, 2013
Dayton criticizes Republicans for trying to expand the scope of the special session as “grandstanding” and says the special session will be limited to storm relief.
Then he flip flops… August 8, 2013
Dayton panders to farmers at Farmfest and reverses himself, saying he will now consider repealing the farm equipment repair tax during a special session.
Then he flip flops…again!
August 21, 2013
Dayton and Democrat leaders break their days-old promise to farmers and will not repeal the farm equipment tax in the special session. Dayton feels really bad about the farmers: “I’m personally disappointed that the repeal of the farm equipment repair tax is not a part of the agreement,” he said.
This tax and so many others are a huge mistake, and everyone knows it. Three times Republican leaders offered Democrats the opportunity to use the Special Session to reverse their mistakes made in the last session and three times the Democrats refused.
Minnesotans deserve better leadership. The previous Republican budget held the line on taxes and spending. It created budget surpluses and supported a slowly recovering economy. Republicans will continue to look out for all hardworking taxpayers and work to undo the mistakes Democrats made in the last session.