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Gazelka reacts to Senate Democrats' tax plan

Gazelka reacts to Senate Democrats’ tax plan

Rep. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, voiced his criticism of the tax plan announced Tuesday by Minnesota Senate Democrats. Overall, he said, the bill raises $1.86 billion in new taxes to close a $657 million state budget deficit. The largest tax increase is accomplished by raising $1.2 billion in taxes on individuals making more than $79,730 and married joint filers making over $140,960. For these individuals, rates will increase by more than 20 percent — from 7.85 percent to 9.4 percent — starting in tax year 2013.

The bill also adds new sales taxes to everyday items such as clothing, auto repairs, over-the-counter medications and more, he said in his statement.

“Minnesotans can’t afford the Senate Democrats’ tax plan,” Gazelka said. “Every Minnesotan will pay more for services like oil changes, haircuts, over-the-counter drugs and clothes. Middle-class Minnesota families will also be directly hit with higher income taxes under the Democrats’ plan to increase taxes on those who make almost $80,000.”

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