Awaiting repeal of taxes

To the Editor:

On Feb. 28, economic analysts announced Minnesota is projected to receive a $1.2 billion surplus for the remainder of the 2014-15 budget cycle. The positive economic news will give legislative Democrats and Gov. Mark Dayton the chance to undo their unnecessary tax laws enacted in 2013.

I think Democrats will attempt to save face and eliminate a number of tax increase proposals that never should have been approved in the first place. It’s an attempt to whitewash their record by voting against new taxes after voting for them previously. It’s politically frustrating, but obviously I support the effort because their tax increases were unneeded and not fair to hardworking Minnesotans.

With the all members of the Minnesota House of Representatives up for re-election in November, I am not surprised the DFL-led House is moving quickly on this issue. On Thursday – less than two weeks after the 2014 session began – the House overwhelmingly approved the repeal of three controversial business-related sales tax increase laws.

But the DFL-controlled Senate doesn’t appear to share the House’s urgency to repeal taxes. The Senate majority appears to want to use the bulk of the surplus to further build budget reserves and not eliminate taxes. This also could be part of the legislative deal-making strategy that will take place in the coming weeks as the session winds down, so it will be interesting to see if and when this tax elimination plan takes place.

State Rep. Bob Gunther,