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Gazelka supports tax cut bill

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The Minnesota state Senate passed a tax bill Friday that included some immediate relief for overtaxed Minnesotans, but still results in a net $1.7 billion tax increase for the biennium, Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, said in a news release. Many of the provisions in the bill mirror those found in the Republican Families First plan, but it falls short of addressing all of the mistakes of the previous session.

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Republicans pointed out that the net result of these tax adjustments is still a $1.7 billion tax increase for the two-year budget cycle, which is money that will be taken from Minnesota families and used to fund government programs that are often wasteful and extravagant.

“It was vital to repeal many harmful taxes passed by Democrats last year from day one,” Gazelka said. “I’m thrilled to see it is moving forward. I voted for the bill because at the end of the day it’s a step in the right direction but we could have done so much more.” Tax relief in House File 1777 repeals many of the taxes that were passed last year but only accounts for about a third of the $1.2 billion surplus. Assuming this bill passes and Gov. Dayton signs it, Minnesotans will still be overtaxed by $655 million, he said.

“One of the things that I tried to carry forward was our income tax subtraction for military members looking to retire in Minnesota,” Gazelka said.

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