Leidiger: Dayton tax plan just the tip of the iceberg

The Dayton tax plan is just the tip of the Democrats’ tax-and-spend iceberg that will sink middle class Minnesotans.
As I’m sure you’re aware, Governor Dayton released a new budget proposal in light of an improving economy and opposition from the public for his original plan’s negative impact on the middle class and small business.
But don’t be fooled. Although Governor Dayton removed two of his most criticized tax proposals (business-to-business taxes and a sales tax expansion), he still plans on growing government and increasing taxes by billions of dollars in order to balance a small, 2-percent deficit in the next fiscal cycle.
Who and what still gets hit by the $2 billion Dayton Tax Plan?
• Small business owners and top income earners
• Snowbirds
• Smokers (an additional $1.60 per pack)
• Metro transit sales tax doubled
Folks, if the Dayton tax plan is just the tip of the iceberg, the Democrats’ taxes will sink Minnesota.
I’m here to tell you how I see it, and every single day new tax proposals are filed in the Legislature that would hit squarely in the pocketbooks of middle class Minnesotans and small business owners.
This is curious to me, and I have to wonder: If we have a miniscule deficit to balance for the next fiscal cycle, what purpose do all of these taxes serve?
Why is it so necessary to punish the middle class and small business owners if there is absolutely no need to pull in this extra revenue?
Think back to the last year. All you heard was, “Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich,” and the Democrats won an election off that mantra. But let’s take a look at a sampling of the Democrats’ tax introductions that are going to hit middle class folks like you and me:
• Energy rate tax
• Mortgage and deed tax
• Alcohol tax (up 350 percent)
• Auto insurance tax
• Solar tax
• Gas tax (up 10 cents per gallon)
• Estate tax
• Snack tax (nuts, seeds, popcorn, pretzels, chips, cookies, ice cream novelties)
• Vehicle excise tax
• Electricity surcharge tax
• Frac sand tax
• Health insurance premium tax (3.5 percent)
• License plate tab fees (up $10)
• Cosmetics tax
• Wheelage tax (up $15)
• Toll fee for the St. Croix River bridge
Plus, there are plans to grow government, spend billions more, and ultimately secure Democratic political control through the unionization of:
• Childcare providers who are independent, small business owners
• Personal care attendants
• Legislative staff
What’s more, Democrats gave an automatic 2 percent pay increase to state employees (plus generous benefits), just a month after workers across the country received a 2 percent decrease in take-home pay from the payroll tax.
In closing, I’ll tell you that those of us who are more fiscally responsible will do all we can to stop these insatiable proposals coming down the pike. But at the end of the day, Democrats have complete control of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office.
I guess what we’re learning here is: elections really do have consequences.

Representative Ernie Leidiger can be reached by phone at (651) 296-4282 and e-mail at rep.ernie.leidiger@house.mn.

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