Ruud, Gazelka support bipartisan tax bill
State Sens. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, supported a bipartisan tax bill the Senate passed last week, which provides approximately $100 million worth of tax relief for Minnesotans.
The bill contains provisions that 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,” said Gazelka. “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. I think Minnesota families’ money would be better spent in their own household budgets, and so I’d like to see more progress on that front.”