Ruud, Gazelka support bipartisan tax bill
The Minnesota Senate Thursday passed a bipartisan tax bill which provides approximately $100 million worth of tax relief for Minnesotans. The bill, according to a news release issued by Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, and Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, contains provisions which will directly benefit taxpayers, such as an education/tutoring tax credit, a volunteer first responders’ tax credit, increases in active military and veteran tax credits, and federal income tax conformity.
“Today I was able to support a tax bill which will provide much needed tax relief for Minnesotans,” Ruud said. “While I wish the bill would have done more, especially for our veterans, it does include a number of important local projects, including a provision for the city of Baxter. While $100 million sounds impressive, we could have done much more after seeing the state’s budget grow 10 percent last year.”
“The Legislature did the right thing and voted to give back some of the money that Minnesotans were overtaxed after last year’s $2.1 billion tax increase,” Gazelka said. “It’s encouraging that we’ve started to correct the mistakes of last year, but I hope this isn’t the Legislature’s last effort. There is still a lot of wasteful spending in state government, like the lavish new $90 million Senate Office Building that was just approved for construction.