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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Minnesota House of Legislative Horrors - Part 4

Made $36K this year? Congrats - The DFL has now declared you to be "rich"
If you earn $36,000, then some House Democrats think you are rich enough to start losing an exemption they would provide for a new sales tax on clothes. Representative Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) offered House File 2163.

Let there be light (as well as a revenue stream)
Representative Jean Wagenius (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to impose a 25-cent tax on every incandescent light bulb in the state. (House File 2156).
Talk about a dim bulb!

Putting the "bill" into billboards
Representative Michael ("Pay More") Paymar introduced three bills to: 1) declare a state-wide moratorium on new billboards; 2) change rules to shorten the survival of existing billboards; and 3) put a new $500 surcharge on billboards, with the revenue to be used to buy and destroy existing billboards. (House Files 2189, 2202, and 2203).

Soak the boat owners
Representative Bev Scalze (DFL-Little Canada) wants to raise the fees on all watercraft. On boats over 19-feet long, she would add a $25 surcharge to a $27 fee. (House File 2216)
But this is NOT a tax increase! Just an additional surcharge added to a fee. A tax isn't even involved!

Soak the Dead-Americans
Representative Tom Anzelc (DFL-International Falls) wants to authorize a new tax on dead people in his area to pay for the Lakeview Cemetery Association. (House File 213). Representative Bernie Lieder (DFL-Crookston) wants to triple a tax on hearses. (House File 946).
You can't take it with you, but apparently the state thinks they can still take it from you even after you leave this world

Yellow cars?
Remember the “yellow bike” project in St. Paul, where yellow bicycles were provided by the city for anyone’s use? Within weeks, all of the bikes were dumped in lakes or stolen and repainted. Representative Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to provide $1.355 million to test plug-in cars for community use. He would spend $985,000 to create fleets of these community vehicles, and $355,000 to study “environmentally sensitive ways to manufacture” the vehicles (House File 2376) .
The bill does not say how this moron proposes to spend the other $20,000...

We may have never won a Super Bowl, but Minnesota will still be #1
Approved by the House Committee on Ways & Means last Friday, this would take 9% of all earnings from the 23,668 top earners. Not to be out done, the Senate showed they care even more and upped the rate to 9.7% and made even more people Subject to it.
This would be the highest income tax rate imposed by any state!

Why would a business want to leave this kind of quality of life?
The House Committee on Ways & Means also approved a $244 million tax increase on Minnesota employers who have sales or operations in other states. These Minnesota companies already pay state and local taxes to other states where they have sales or operations and Minnesota wants a second bite on their profits. When California put a similar bite on their large employers, many just left the state. The DFL calls these employers “foreign operating corporations” or “FOCs.
...And employers call legisators "f... thieves".

The House Sopranos
The House Committee on Ways & Means also announced a plan to hire hundreds of new auditors to collect $80 million of uncollected taxes.
Scofflaw peddlers at flea markets, tax-dodging drug pushers, and under-age lemonade stand operators, beware! A goon from the Department of Revenue may stop by and financially knee-cap you if they think you're holding out on them.

If it moves, tax it!
The House has passed a "first draft" of a bill that would: 1) raise gas taxes to grab $332 million per year; 2) allow counties to impose "wheelage taxes" on every car to grab $92 million per year; 3) raise the price of license tabs to grab $59 million per year; 4) allow metro counties to raise sales taxes to grab $222 million per year; 5) allow a metro tax on new cars to grab $3.2 million per year; 6) allow a new state-wide sales tax for transportation to grab $362 million per year; and 7) add a dedicated sales tax on cars that will be used for leases to grab $36.4 million per year. If this bill became law, the new taxes and fees would be an increase of $885 million per year (about an additional $450 per driver) . (House File 946) The Senate version of the bill raises even more taxes.
What can you buy with $450 these days anyway?

Hell, even if it doesn't move tax it!
Representative Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) wants to add sales taxes on things ranging from baby’s first hair cut to grampa’s funeral. She wants to impose sales taxes on clothing (except for low-income people), magazines, car repairs, legal services to individuals, accounting for individuals, financial services for individuals, brokerage services for individuals, tattoos, body-piercing, hair cuts, hair styling, hair extensions, facials, body wraps, shaving and waxing, tanning services, manicures, pedicures, insulin, medical oxygen, over-the-counter drugs, prescription eyeglasses, and funeral services. (House File 2163).

Property tax "relief"
The Senate has proposed $225 million of “property tax relief” that would primarily consist of taking a large portion of your tax payments and sending them to county commissions, city councils, and school boards for more government spending. The House “property tax relief” plan is expected to provide similar “government spending disguised at tax relief.” Both the House and Senate Democrats have proposed about $200 million of property tax increases on employers.
See how convenient the state makes it? You can "give at the office".

A loon wants more money for arts and natural resources
Representative Tony Sertich (DFL-Chisholm) wants to raise the sales tax by at least $17 million to pay more for the arts and for natural resources projects. (House File 2285).
Never mind the desecration of your financial resources

Who needs to increase taxes to raise revenue?
Representative Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to raise the surcharge on your retail electricity bills to pay for a rebate program for the installation or use of solar technologies. (House File 2384)

Representative Bill Hilty (DFL- Finlayson) wants to raise the fees on mortgage firm’s employees by 588 percent (up from $850 to $5,000) for new licenses and by 555 percent (up from $450 to $2,500) for license renewals. (House File 2305).

Representative Shelley Madore (DFL-Apple Valley) wants to expand the levy for the Metro Transportation District to all the counties in the Metro Area. (House File 2140).

Representative Larry Haws (DFL-St. Cloud) would raise fees for county & regional jails. (House File 161).

Representative Brita Sailer (DFL-Park Rapids) wants to raise fees on video and electronic equipment sales. (House File 854).

Representative Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) wants to impose an extra $250 fee on cigarette manufacturers. (House File 1737).

Representative Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) wants to raise pharmacy fees automatically on an annual basis. (House File 1722).

Representative Rick Hansen (DFL-South Saint Paul) wants to raise fees on deer hunters. (House File 278).

A job isn't done until the paper work is completed (and taxed)
Homeowners would face a 50 percent increase when filing any papers related to the purchase, transfer, mortgaging, sale, or other transfer of property. Money from those taxes on homeowners would be given to non-homeowners seeking to rent property or buy their own homes. Representative Scott Kranz (DFL-Blaine) wrote House File 939.

Representative Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) wants to collect more taxes on local deeds and mortgage documents in Anoka County. (House File 362) . Not to be out done, Representative Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) wants to collect more taxes on local deeds and mortgage documents in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. (House File 1042). Representative Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) wants to get into the act and collect more taxes on local deeds and mortgage documents in Dakota County. (House File 1466).

Making the entire year "the season of giving"
Representative Joe Mullery (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to put a 10% tax on people who give gifts. If the donor does not pay the tax, then the tax liability shifts to the person who received the gift. In such cases, the donor would still be liable for a $100 penalty for not paying the gift tax. Under the bill, you could be required to show the gift to the Commissioner of Revenue to determine its true worth. (House File 1212).
Is a donation to a political campaign considered a gift?

Reach out and tax someone
Representative Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) wants to raise a tax on cell phones, land-line phones, and other telecommunications devices by 46%. (House File 1464).

If you buy it they will tax it...
Representative Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) wants to impose an extra sales tax to pay for transit and other purposes. In the Metro area, there would be one tax increase. In the rest of the state, the new tax could be proposed by any two or more county boards. (House File 1463).

Representative Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) would impose an extra sales tax to raise at least $500 million a year pay for new parks, trails, and habitat projects. (House File 1449)

Representative Shelley Madore (DFL-Apple Valley) wants to impose an extra sales tax on the three million people in the metro area to pay for more buses and trolleys. (House File 1112).

Sen. Linda Higgins (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to impose a new tax on paint. (Senate File 836).

Representative Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) wants to put a tax of 91-cents-per-ounce on moist snuff. (House File 2311).

Representative Michael Paymar (DFL-St. Paul) wants to pile enormous tax increases on beverages containing alcohol. He would raise taxes on metric sales beverages by the following percentages: distilled spirits (up 228%); wine (up 450%); hard cider (up 800%); regular beer (up 790%); and 3.2% beer (up 457%). (House File 1050) It would collect over $110 million in new taxes.

I just hope for all of our sake Governor Pawlenty has a lot of ink for his veto pen and the will to use it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

April Fools? Right?

4/02/2007 4:32 PM  
Blogger Daria said...

Nope, as incredible as it sounds these proposals are for real. These goofballs as well as those who voted for them are fools 24/7 throughout the year!

- D

4/02/2007 6:23 PM  

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