Walz Wants to Keep Surplus Due to COVID-19 - Not Give It Back

Governor Tim Walz proposes keeping the $4 Billion surplus in the government coffers citing concerns over potential emergency needs due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently the state of Minnesota is holding onto a record surplus and budget reserves that equates to $1,000 per taxpayer.

Walz' proposal is to spend $256 Million on new spending programs and retain billions of dollars in government accounts, according to KSTP.

In this climate, it seems the prevailing wisdom from politicians in St Paul is that it's more important for government to hold onto our money than for families to have it back in their pockets. However, Rep Jeremy Munson authored the Give It Back Act last week that would issue refund checks to Minnesota taxpayers up to $1,000 per individual, $2,000 per couple. Five other Republican legislators have signed onto the legislation in the House.

Minnesota families are about to experience significant financial disruptions in their lives. Schools are closing, meaning parents will either have to take leave with their jobs or hire child care providers to watch their kids. All the industries connected to travel and sports are going to have massive layoffs. And those who depend on income from securities tied to market performance, will be taking big pay cuts as the stock market loses value.

So what is the argument for government to have our money in this crisis? If there was ever a time for government to give back the surplus and extend the tax filing period, now is that time. 

SIGN OUR PETITION and tell Governor Walz and politicians in St Paul to give us our $1,000 back now!

 

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  • Allen Zierden
    commented 2020-03-20 18:09:38 -0500
    you claim to be a Veteran, well then prove it, Veterans help others out, they don’t take, to me you are a communist greedy bastard, GIVE THE MONEY TO THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED IT, AND KEEP IT OUT OF YOURS AND YOUR WANNA BE FRIEND’S POCKETS!!!!
  • Kathy Murray
    commented 2020-03-20 12:54:19 -0500
    Give our money back!!! We need it. It belongs to we the people. You know..the idiots that vote you into office.. and can vote you OUT!
  • Sara Davis
    commented 2020-03-18 17:39:37 -0500
    GIVE IT BACK! Its understandable that things needed to close or be cut so that we could try to protect our state, BUT no there are 1000, upon 1000s of families that we be affected in a great many ways. Would you rather keep it and how that probably over half your state could lose their jobs, way of life and even their HOMES?!? Please think about those families that were already struggling to feed themselves and children! We need your assistance and help now, more than ever.
  • Rodney Wick
    commented 2020-03-18 09:53:34 -0500
    My wife can’t work because he closed the service industry down. Which is understandable. I’m on seasonal layoff. My son is home for 2 weeks along with an 8 month old daughter. Now what do I do?
  • Chrissie Wildeman
    commented 2020-03-17 17:52:01 -0500
    Give it back!! The people of this state are hurting financially more than the state is!! We are one of the highest taxed states in the US where is all of our tax money going? This state needs to drain the swamp too!!
  • Roberta Boyer
    commented 2020-03-17 17:48:53 -0500
    This is just sad
  • Ryan Kingsley
    commented 2020-03-17 12:46:37 -0500
    Give it back! Remember, voters gave you your job. We can also take it away.
  • Dean Kern
    commented 2020-03-17 11:26:37 -0500
    I am on disability and my wife is self employed ( cleaning services) and she has lost over $600 just this month so far! We the people need help…
  • Debbie Nephew
    commented 2020-03-15 20:35:03 -0500
    it’s our money we want it now
  • Travis Dotseth
    commented 2020-03-15 19:34:22 -0500
    Amazing how many people in this state are continually fooled by these morons like Tim the Taxman when it comes time to vote. His rehearsed speeches sound great to some (years of teaching will do that), but he’s still a bleeding-heart tax and spend libtard.
  • Travis Dotseth
    commented 2020-03-15 19:25:27 -0500
    Is anyone surprised that Tim the Taxman wants to keep our money? I predicted weeks ago that he would use this virus as an excuse to spend it, because he didn’t have an excuse before.
    He is already planning on giving it to the have-nots and other social justice warriors.
  • Nora Evans
    commented 2020-03-15 15:54:44 -0500
    This should be refunded to us according to how much we paid. Not a flat $1000 per person!!! I know thousands who cheat on their taxes and paid much less than i did. Anyone who received discounted of free healthcare coverage, food stamps or cash assistance should not get this refund! It is salt in a wound to give everyone the same refund.
  • Roger Zemaitis
    commented 2020-03-15 10:18:42 -0500
    You idiot the people of your state earned that money and allowed the state to use it for while
    Now give it back to who
    Earned it.
  • Dallas Smith
    commented 2020-03-14 14:03:07 -0500
    its our money. give it back
  • Corey Nelson
    commented 2020-03-14 13:38:48 -0500
    It’s not your money its ours!! Give it back now!!
  • Todd Schnorr
    commented 2020-03-14 12:39:53 -0500
    It’s not YOUR money fk tard
  • Woods Woods
    commented 2020-03-13 20:27:09 -0500
    Anything to keep our money you f-ing loser…. I’m sure you stupid f%$is did this to keep our money .. this is one of the reasons people hate you dumb f$&ks
  • David Killen
    commented 2020-03-13 16:47:15 -0500
    Bs give it back
  • Thomas Plemel
    commented 2020-03-13 12:36:10 -0500
    Give us our money!
  • Sami Eyrich
    commented 2020-03-13 10:05:12 -0500
    Give the taxpayers back their money!!! It is NOT yours!!