Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently appeared on one of the late night talk shows, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes.
“Companies are so keen to escape the U.S. system because of the combination of a high tax rate — 35 percent, the highest among developed nations — and the practice of taxing the earnings of U.S. companies’ foreign subsidiaries when the money is transferred back to the U.S. Many other nations, such as the United Kingdom, tax only domestic profits.”
“…the deal would allow it to better use profits made overseas. Medtronic has managed its tax expense in the past by leaving abroad the profits earned by its non-U.S. subsidiaries.”
Republicans believe it’s time to grow opportunities for Minnesota families by creating a business friendly environment. We want businesses to come to Minnesota, not flee it.
Political Gimmicks and Agency Reports
The official Department of Revenue report (Click here for Full Report) shows property taxes in Minnesota are INCREASING …
+ 1.2% for counties
+ 1.6% for cities
+ 2.0% for towns
+ 1.7% for counties
+ 1.2% for special districts
In fact, 2014 is poised to report the highest property tax levy in Minnesota history, rising $125 million or 1.5% in total statewide. (Click here for the 2013 vs 2014 comparison report from the non-partisan Senate Research staff)
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%).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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Lucky they missed…
Problem would have been solved at that point!!
What a damn RINO!!!
You don’t deserve to be President…
So how about we remove your commie ass as soon as possible…
It is a tax..lots of taxes…
Pissant wannabe DICKtator…
We have a tyrant in the White House. His level of bullying, lying, spying, distorting, manipulating, intimidating, demonizing and using propaganda to cram his policies down our throats is unlike any President in history. His name is Barack Obama. More »
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False flags? Misdirection? Taking another tack to control guns? Our Rights? Our Freedoms? Will we all be declared ‘crazy’?
If you never thought this wouldn’t happen…You were really being naive..
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But of course…With a DFL controlled House and Senate along with the Governor’s Office one expects this.
Tax and spend and when they run out of Taxpayers money..Tax some more..
This from my former Rep whom unseated the Socialist in office. But with redistricting, leaning towards getting more DFL office holders…He unfortunately is not my rep anymore…Have the Socialist once again..
A recently released non-partisan report shows property taxes are rising in Minnesota, even as Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats try to convince citizens otherwise.
The property tax simulation from non-partisan House research staff indicates taxes on existing properties will rise by $13 million under the budget Dayton and the Democrat majorities passed this year. Democrats in St. Paul continue to tout the fact they spent $400 million to reduce property taxes but, in actuality, they are still projected to rise.
What’s worse is there is a projected 6.5-percent increase on agricultural properties. This burden is on top of new taxes on farm equipment repairs, higher energy rates due to new solar power mandates and a warehousing/storage services tax Dayton and the Democrats passed this year. Agriculture is a key component in our economy and our farmers deserve far better.
A key point is this: State government does not directly control property taxes. Local officials do. The state can provide local governments with $400 more in revenue, but there is no guarantee this will be used to buy down property taxes. We trust our local officials to make smart decisions and be good stewards of our tax dollars, but they make the final call on property taxes.
Dayton and Democrats will try to take credit for reducing taxes, but a report from the Dept. of Revenue shows Minnesotans in every income bracket will pay more. Their new budget for 2014-15 increases state spending by $3 billion, while raising taxes and fees on all of us by around $2.5 billion.
Governor Mark Dayton has been very clear on where he stands with raising taxes on businesses and “the rich” – yes you.
It’s much harder to figure out where Governor Dayton and the Democrats are coming from on the issue of taxes and the middle class.
They held a press conference this week touting new projections that property taxes would actually decrease in 2014. Keep your eye on those projections, by the way – they come from the same agency that predicted e-pull tabs would finance the new Vikings stadium.
So the Governor says low property taxes are a good thing for hard-working Minnesotans. We agree. But he had to raise over $2 billion in new taxes and fees, much of them on the middle class and even poor Minnesotans, to pay for lots of things including his supposed $121 million property tax reduction.
So which is it? Are higher taxes good or bad for the middle class?
Perhaps Minnesota families can use their projected property tax savings, if it ever materializes, to pay for all of the other cost increases they will experience because of the Dayton/DFL 2013 budget:
- Higher energy bills.
- Fewer choices and higher costs for childcare under forced unionization of childcare.
- Higher premiums, higher co-pays, higher prescription drug prices and even fewer hours at work because of the healthcare exchange legislation.
- New tobacco taxes.
- Higher costs to download music and other files from the Internet.
- Higher costs for car rentals.
Each day it becomes more apparent – Republicans stood against wasteful government spending and for an economic recovery that would continue producing middle class jobs, and what Mark Dayton and the Democrats really wanted was bigger government and more spending.
Yes Minnesotans, beware. Despite their spin, the Democrat’s all-tax-increases budget taxes everyone. And raising taxes in one area to supposedly reduce taxes in another is more than a gimmick, it’s a shell game. Make sure you are watching their other hand.