Do we want more taxes?

To the Editor:

Both the Minnesota House and Senate have now approved tax increase proposals, and soon all hardworking taxpayers are going to pay the price.

During the campaign, the Democrats told the public they were only going to tax the rich. But now that both legislative bodies have approved their omnibus tax increase proposals, it’s clear that every Minnesotan is going to pay more for a larger, inefficient government.

In the Minnesota House, Democrats have approved a nearly $2.7 billion tax increase proposal that raises taxes on income, Internet purchases, sports memorabilia, cigarettes and alcohol, to name a few.

If you figure in the hundreds of millions in fee increases that are also included in other spending bills, you’re basically asking every man, woman, and child in this state to pay an additional $550 to state government.

In comparison, the Senate Democrat tax increase proposal averages an extra $341 for every man, woman and child in Minnesota.

This bill will increase the top personal income tax rate by 20 percent if you make just over $79,000 as a single filer, or nearly $141,000 as married filers. Their plan would also reduce the sales tax rate to 6 percent, but it would extend the tax to clothing and prescription medications, and services like auto repairs. Cigarette taxes would also increase.

House and Senate Democrats will soon meet in a conference committee to work out a compromise, and decide which taxes to raise and how high to raise them. This group could even decide to add other tax increases to the compromise, and could pick from any of the following Democrat-introduced proposals from this session: beer tax, energy rate tax, snack tax, auto insurance tax, metro area transit tax, sales tax, estate tax, mortgage and deed tax, vehicle excise tax, tobacco tax, health insurance premium tax, electricity surcharge tax, solar tax, babysitter tax, surgical procedure tax, vehicle wheelage tax, sand mining tax and gas tax.

You can’t try to raise government spending by $4 billion and pay for it by taxing the incomes of the wealthiest Minnesotans. Democrats are trying to convince Minnesotans that they need more government, and they need to pay more for it. They are focused on wasteful spending, and when this session ends, every hard-working Minnesotan will end up spending more for something they did not want.

State Rep. Bob Gunther,