ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) – Governor Tim Walz’s 2019 tax proposal incidence analysis is being questioned by Republicans.
The analysis, prepared by the Minnesota Department of Revenue, shows the tax burden would affect households that make less than $45,000 by double digit percents.
Among other things, Walz’s budget includes a 20-cent per-gallon hike in the state’s gasoline tax. Walz says that money would be used for transportation infrastructure repairs and upgrades.
Representative Greg Davids of Preston says tax increases are not necessary for Minnesota residents.
“We currently have over a billion dollars surplus in the state of Minnesota, yet Governor Walz wants to raise taxes by billions and who’s he raising the taxes on,” said Davids. “He is raising the taxes on the poorest of the poor, what the incidence analysis from his department showed was that if you make 45 thousand dollars or less you will have a double-digit tax increase.”
Walz says that when speaking to Minnesotans and researching for the budget, his proposal is what Minnesotans needed.
The legislative session is scheduled to end in less then a month.
You can read the budget analysis here.