The Management and Budget office release a reporttoday showing that the Minnesota state government took in $573 Million more in revenue this year than was originally forecasted. This means, the high taxes in this state continue flowing into our state coffers while politicians at the Capitol look for ways to spend the money.
Message to Democrats: There is no need to raise our taxes on gasoline or extend the provider tax when our state has this much money.
Message to the Republican Senate: Stop creating new fees and start reducing the high taxes in this state so Democrats can't spend more of our money!
Sunday is Mother's Day. Like all good husbands and sons, this is a day to treat the most important women in our life like a queen (perhaps that should be every day, am I right?). The vast majority of the working families that Democrats like to talk about on the campaign trail struggle every Mother's Day to buy the women in their lives a nice gift.
Sure, spending money isn't the most important thing in the world. There are plenty of things we can do for our mothers and wives that don't cost a thing. But spending money on them is far more important than paying more in taxes to a bloated, wasteful government.
If Governor Walz had his way, the average working family would pay another $200-300 a year in taxes on gasoline. This awful tax is disguised as a necessity to pay for our roads, but our state government is running a massive $4 Billion budget surplus. They have plenty of revenue to fix the roads!
So what does $300 cost a working family? Well, I'm sure most of them would like to spend that money on mom to buy her a:
Taking the money from our Mother's Day budget to fund a big, bloated government is not Minnesota Nice. Tell your Republican Senator to stand against the Walz gas tax!
Governor Walz will spend Saturday morning on the water for the traditional Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. This year the event will be held in Albert Lea, a mere 101 miles from St Paul (many of us travel further).
If Walz and Democrats had their way, that round trip would cost you an additional $2-$3 depending on how bad towing your boat affects your gas mileage. In other words, Walz' gas tax increase will cost you a dozen nightcrawlers for the Opener.
In case you're worried, I'm sure Walz' trip won't hurt him financially. Costs are most likely covered by you, the taxpayer.
Annually, the gas tax increase would cost an average family nearly $300. We assume Walz' fishing expeditions are the typical politician PR gigs, so from an angler's perspective, let's break down what that $300 could buy us so he can learn a little something about fishing in Minnesota.
Here are a few items that $300 could buy:
- 43 new Rapalas
- A nice pair of new waders
- Fixing the 'ol outboard
- Helix 5 Fish Finder with GPS
- A really sweet new St Croix rod, or
- 7 highly dependable Ugly Sticks
It doesn't matter what kind of fishing budget you have, if Governor Walz and Democrats have their way, you will have less money to spend on the lake this summer. That's not Minnesota Nice of them!
Action 4 Liberty believes in lowering government spending and reducing taxes. Our state is running a massive $4 Billion budget surplus. Walz has plenty of money for roads and infrastructure, he just needs to prioritize spending on the right areas of government.
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Minnesota legislators started the 2019 Legislative Session with a massive $4 Billion surplus. If they didn't spend a dime of new money on our bloated state government that wastes money on MNLARs fixes, Brazilian wood rest stops on I-35 and a fraudulent child care program, we taxpayers could have had a huge tax cut. Taxes on social security income could have been eliminated. The death tax could have been distinguished. And large tax reductions across the board could have been passed.
Instead, the Senate Republicans have spent about 85% of that surplus on more government according to the most recent budget negotiations with Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka was willing to spend an additional $200 Million of our surplus money to compromise with tax happy Governor Walz. His proposal out of the gate already spent the majority of the surplus, leaving only $800 Million for the Senate tax bill.
A budget surplus means that taxpayers have been overtaxed. The conservative belief is that money should be returned to taxpayers. But Gazelka and Republicans Senators seem determined to spend the money on more government.
Governor Walz and House Democrats take things to a whole new level. They blew through the budget surplus with new spending measures and want to increase taxes on top of that. At least, as of the writing of this article, it appears the Republican Senate isn't willing to compromise on the gas tax.
Action 4 Liberty remains focused on holding Republican Senators accountable. They keep telling us during election years that they believe in small government, but they don't actually do that once elected at the Capitol. We think you deserve better representation. Your taxes should be going down; not going towards more bloated government.
We're less than two weeks away from the Legislature's mandatory adjournment and the negotiations between the Republican Senate and the Democrats is starting to heat up. On one hand, the Democrats have proposed ballooning the budget to nearly $49.5 Billion and increasing the gas tax and reinstating the 2% provider tax. On the other hand, Republicans have spent the majority of the budget surplus with their $48 Billion budget proposal, but have so far put their heals in the dirt on tax increases.
(Note: The Republican Senate did vote for a tax on insulin manufacturers and opiates)
Here are two offers on the table last night...At this point, the loser in the negotiations is YOU, the taxpayer. The budget surplus will not be returned to your pocket like it should because Republicans are already growing spending even more. Word on the street, is that the GOP likely will compromise on reinstating the provider tax so they can get their insurance company bailout bill passed (aka Reinsurance).
Action 4 Liberty believes Republican Senators should not follow the lead of Senator Gazelka and vote against all spending increases and taxes. It doesn't matter what deals are made with Governor Walz behind closed doors, each Senator can vote his or her conscience.
Governor Walz and Democrats are pushing full steam ahead on their proposal to increase the state gasoline tax by 70 percent (or a 20 cents per gallon hike). Minnesota is listed as the Least Tax Friendly State according to Kiplinger. However, our gasoline tax is amongst the middle of the pack in comparison to the rest of the states in the country. The proposed hike would put us fourth worst, right behind Pennsylvania, California and Washington.
An average family would pay between $200-300 more per year under the Democrat proposal. Walz alleges the funds are needed to fix our roads & bridges, but billions of taxpayer money is being squandered on unwise fiscal projects in a bloated $48 Billion state budget. On top of that, Walz and legislators began the session facing a massive $4 Billion surplus, which all players at the Capitol have allocated towards other spending projects.
Republicans are in charge of the Senate, so we aren't we safe?
So far the Republican Senate has talked tough on the gasoline tax, stating that no tax increase will pass. However, the Senate's newest member, Jason Rarick (R - Pine City), stated multiple times on the campaign trail that he would be willing to compromise on a gas tax hike. Also, Senator Jim Abeler (R - Anoka) was one of a handful of Republicans who voted in favor of the previous gasoline tax increase during the Pawlenty years.
If Democrats are unified on the issue in the Senate, only two Republican defectors are needed for the gas tax to pass. Local 49 just launched a tv commercial campaign targeted at getting both Republican and Democrat districts on board. WATCH HERE.
Action 4 Liberty and our allies strongly oppose the gas tax increase. Republicans need to be unified against raising a dime of taxes. We will target any Republican who votes for this hurtful tax.
$100 Million of YOUR money is being stolen through the fraudulent child care program and sent in suitcases of cash to Somalia. Fraud of this magnitude should unite everyone in politics.
But Democrats allege that you are a racist or islamaphobic for wanting to shut down the program that takes our money and funds a terrorist group in Somalia. The DFL House funded the program again in the HHS Omnibus bill.
Republican Senators are not much better. They tell us they can't possibly end the funding for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Despite cutting the spending in fiscal year 2021 in their bill, they told our activists that they will be forced to vote for it before the end of session.
In other words, the one group of legislators who tell us every election year they believe in small government, are poised to fund the fraudulent program by another $250 Million of YOUR money!
We say: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! End the fraudulent child care program now!
That's why our teams of activists are out dropping lit, sending mailers, visiting the Capitol and making phone calls. We demand that the Republican Senate ends the fraud.
We promise to you to keep the pressure on the politicians who are enabling the fraud. Our activists are highly motivated and truly believe in the vision of a smaller, more responsible government.
But we can't do it alone. We need your help. Please consider making a gift to Action 4 Liberty today to help us get the message out even more.
Thank you in advance for helping get the word out about this fraud.
The Minnesota Senate passed the Health and Human Services Omnibus bill (HF 2414) as amended in the early morning hours today, following a marathon session of debates. What's in the jumbo, multi-subject bill:
- The fraudulent Child Care Assistance Program is funded in FY2020, but funding is cut in FY2021
- The Medical Assistance program which is the vehicle for how Planned Parenthood gets our tax dollars is funded
- A tax on insulinmanufacturers is created (similar language to opiate tax that passed)
Action 4 Liberty believes that the fraudulent child care program should be defunded in FY2020. Government has no business paying for people's child care costs in the first place. But the program is full of fraud and we can't rely on a government bureaucracy to police its own program.
Here's the issue we have with the Senate Republicans fix on CCAP. Despite cutting funding next year for the program, that language could be cut from the HHS Omnibus bill in the conference committee process. Funding could also be re-established next year in a supplemental spending bill. We demand Senators to sign our pledgeto end the fraudulent child care program.
(Photo credit: MPR)
Last night the Democrats advanced their radical agenda in the Minnesota House despite Republican opposition. First, they passed a 20 cents gasoline tax which would increase the current tax by a whopping 70 percent. This would cost the average family between $200-300 more in taxes each year.
Democrats argue that a gas tax is needed to fund the current transporting spending gaps, but the Minnesota legislature is facing a massive $4 Billion budget surplus. They also have wasted over $100 Million on the broken MLARs system and there is rampant fraud in the state child care assistance program. Democrats have plenty of money to use for transportation if they would prioritize spending in the right areas.
The tax was tucked inside the Transportation Omnibus bill (HF 1555). Here's the vote:
Late in the evening, the Democrats passed two gun control measures inside of the Public Safety Omnibus bill (SF 802) that restrict our individual freedoms. The Red Flag confiscation provision allows law enforcement to take firearms away from people without due process if someone assesses them as a risk. Universal background checks requires all transfers and/or sales outside of immediate family members to go through a federal firearms licensed background check.
If the background check bill were to pass the Minnesota Senate, it would be illegal for you to loan your brother-in-law or friend a shotgun for a weekend hunting trip.
Here's the final vote on the Omnibus bill. It passed with 70-64 with five Democrats joining Republican opposition:
Action 4 Liberty opposes increasing taxes and expanding gun control measures on law abiding citizens. We believe that the Republican Senate must work diligently to advance the conservative agenda at the Capitol and not only play defense against the radical liberal agenda. That is the only way to start winning in policy arena.
On this episode of the Living Free Podcast, Jack and Jake discuss all the bills that Republican legislators are supporting that takes taxpayer money and gives it to Somali projects.