Gov. Dayton Holds Tax Relief Bill Hostage – Latest Update from Minn House Republican Caucus

Latest Update from Susan Closmore, Director of Public Affairs for the House Republican Caucus –

Hello everyone,

 Earlier today, we received a letter from Governor Dayton outlining his requests for special session. He has signed the supplemental budget bill.

 The supplemental bill (HF 2749) included a historic provision providing a full exemption of veterans’ retirement benefits from state income tax. It passed the House on a broad bipartisan vote of 95-39.

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 To date, the governor has not sign the tax bill (HF 848). It includes $801 million in tax relief over the next three years, including more than half a billion in ongoing, permanent tax relief. Key provisions include (totals are for the next three years):

  • $90.6 million in tax relief for Minnesota farmers
  • $110 million in tax relief for college graduates paying off student loans through a refundable tax credit up to $1,000, the first of its kind in the country.
  • $49 million in tax relief for families who contribute to 529 plans to save for their children’s college costs.
  • $146 million in tax relief for every small business in Minnesota by exempting the first $100,000 of commercial-industrial property.
  • $13 million in tax relief for Minnesota veterans by raising the income eligibility threshold, and increasing the total credit from $750 to $1000.
  • $150 million in tax relief for working families by expanding the working family tax credit
  • $32 million to reduce the cost of childcare by expanding the childcare tax credit, families could earn a tax credit up to a $960
  • Federal conformity provisions that allow Minnesotans to deduct higher education tuition expenses, mortgage insurance premiums, classroom expenses for teachers, charitable giving (for seniors), and more.

The tax bill passed with broad bipartisan support – 123-10 in the House and 55-12 in the Senate.

 The governor’s letter listed some concerns about the tax bill and some additional requests in order to have a special session for the bonding and transportation bill.

 The Speaker wrote a letter in response explaining how we can easily address the governor’s two tax concerns and enable him sign that bill as soon as possible. The governor has stated publicly that he is committed to addressing taxes and supplement (the bills before him) separate from bonding.

 Governor Dayton, May 23, 2016: “With the special session, whether or not there’s going to be a bonding bill, one of the requirements to do that are matters that are standalone. I’m not going to hold the tax cuts for people or the supplemental budget, the areas that they did fund, I’m not going to hold those hostage to the other considerations. I think the bonding and transportation should be considered and acted on their own merits.”

 Once he takes action on the bills from regular session, discussions will begin about special session (bonding/transportation).

 Please let me know if you have any questions,

 Susan Closmore



 End of Session

Mankato Times: Bob Gunther, Paul Torkelson: Reps Gunther and Torkelson discuss tax relief, transportation and bonding
Owatonna People’s Press: John Petersburg: Petersburg discusses outcomes of legislative session
Owatonna People’s Press: Peggy Bennett, John Petersburg, Brian Daniels: Legislature adjourns without bonding, transportation bill
Winona Daily News: Greg Davids: Legislature ends with mixed results for Winona-area projects, Greater Minnesota needs
Inforum: Cornish, Hackbarth, Franson: Minnesota lawmakers rush through range of bills
Mesabi Daily News: Hackbarth: IRRRB ‘fix’ awaits governor’s signature

Hutchinson Leader: Urdahl: Students need strong civics education

KWLM: Urdahl civics test legislation passes

Pioneer Press: Hackbarth: Blaze pink and lead ammo get backing in Minnesota Legislature
Fergus Falls Journal: Nornes, Torkelson: Local projects in House bill

KLFD: Urdahl: 2016 MN legislative session wrap up

Brainerd Dispatch: Lueck, Heintzeman: Brainerd legislators seize victory amid end-of-session chaos
KNSI: Knoblach: Beer sales approved at SCSU hockey games

KXRA: Knoblach, Nornes, Loon, Garofalo: Supplemental budget coming together one piece at a time

Elk River Star News: Peppin, Zerwas, Lucero: Lawmakers report progress, despite rocky end to legislative session

Elk River Star News: Zerwas, Lucero: District 728 gets ‘metro equity’ funding increase

Mille Lacs Messenger: Lueck: City of Garrison – refinancing the sewer district
Rep. Christensen: Identifying priorities as legislative session winds down
St. Cloud Times: Lawmakers pass St. Cloud pilot preschool, SCSU liquor

WJON: Bill Allowing Beer Sales At SCSU Hockey Games Passes State Legislature, Awaits Governor’s Signature
Grand Forks Herald: Deb Kiel and Dan Fabian: Editorial ignored Minnesota GOP’s accomplishments
Brainerd Daily Dispatch: Guest Opinion: The good and the bad of the legislative session
Star News: Lawmakers report progress, despite rocky end to legislative session

 Tax Relief for Minnesotans

The Washington Times: Veterans see tax break as a way to make Minnesota competitive (ft. Rep Dettmer)
ABC 6 News: Veterans See tax Breaks as Way to Make Minnesota Competitive (ft. Rep. Dettmer)

Manakto Free Press: Our View; Legislature: Veterans’ tax exemption right policy, right time (Ft. Rep. Dettmer)
Echo Journal: Heintzeman, Gazelka author veterans’ tax cut provision in supplemental budget (ft. Lueck)
Hutchinson Leader: Urdahl: Tax relief on the way, bonding bill derailed
Red Lake Nation News: Dave Hancock: Middle Class Minnesotans Prioritized In Tax Relief Proposal


Duluth News Tribune: MNsure estate claims fix caught in legislative muddle

Star Tribune: MNsure woes could force new hiring in Hennepin County

 Memorial Day

Montevideo American-News: Tim Miller: Tim Miller to give Memorial Day address
Prior Lake American: What’s on tap for Memorial Day ft. Rep. Albright
West Central Tribune: Willmar remembers America’s fallen heroes

 Special Session needed for key road, infrastructure funding

KTTC: Minnesota GOP leaders push for special session during Owatonna visit
KEYC: Lawmakers Call For Special Session In Order To Complete Highway 14 Construction
Owatonna People’s Press: John Petersburg: Minnesota Senate Democrats kill Highway 14 funding
Owatonna People’s Press: Daudt joins local leaders to call for special session for Highway 14 funding
Waseca County News: John Petersburg: U.S. Hwy. 14 advocates call for special legislative session
Fergus Falls Journal: GOP calls on Dayton to convene special session
Sun Sailor: Hertaus: Highway 12 funding fizzles on the legislative floor
Morris Sun: Legislators ask for special session to complete bonding bill
Fox 9: Hertaus, McDonald: Lawmakers demand special session to improve Hwy. 12
Morris Sun Tribune: Legislators ask for special session to complete bonding bill
Lakeshore Weekly News: Hertaus: Demanding action: People want a special session to get funding for Highway 12
Star Tribune: Hertaus: Hwy 12 Safety Coalition renews push for funding after bonding bill fails
West Central Tribune: Commentary: The legislature is not done
Bring me the news: Hertaus: Why a deadline Twin Cities highway probably won’t get safety help any time soon
WCCO: Hertaus: Police chief: Special session needed for Highway 12 funding
West Central Tribune: District 16 legislators urge special session
KWLM: Daudt, House GOP holds news conference near New London
Fergus Falls Journal: GOP calls on Dayton to convene special session

 Good Neighbors/Misc

ABC 6 News: What happened to the money for Blazing Star Trail? ft. Rep. Bennett
Albert Lea Tribune: Supermileage team recognized in House ft. Rep. Bennett
AP: New law designed to curb excessive ADA lawsuits ft. Rep. Smith
MPR: House passes presidential primary (ft. Rep. Sanders)
Northfield News: Dumb government strikes again (by Rep. Garofalo)
Forest Lake Times: A community honor (ft. Rep. Dettmer)
Pioneer Press: New Minnesota law targets what critics call ‘excessive’ ADA lawsuits ft. Rep. Smith
Pioneer Press: Real ID at an impasse ft. Rep. Smith


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