STATEMENT FROM REP GROSSELL ON GOV. WALZ'S BUDGET PROPOSAL
January 28, 2021
ST. PAUL — State Representative Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tim Walz's 2021-2022 budget proposal. Gov. Walz is proposing a 10% hike to Minnesota's top tax bracket, a 15 percent hike to Minnesota's business tax, and regressive tax hikes on cigarettes and vaping products that disproportionately hit low-income Minnesotans. The Governor is proposing just .3% in cuts ($150 million) out of a $52+ billion budget.
"Today's budget proposal by the governor is not a serious attempt to reach a bipartisan budget necessary to pass a divided government. Minnesota families and businesses have been hurting, through no fault of their own, and instead of using reserves and government belt-tightening to balance the budget, Governor Walz wants to raise taxes on hardworking Minnesotans.
"A budget proposal that cuts basically no spending and instead raises taxes on individuals and businesses by 10 and 15 percent respectively, is a complete non-starter. Minnesotans know better and deserve a more serious proposal by their governor."
Lawmakers and the Governor must pass a new two-year budget by June 30 to avoid a state government shutdown.