Friday, February 18, 2011

Gazelka Sees No Common Ground with Dayton On Taxes

State Senator Paul Gazelka indicates no room for compromise with Governor Mark Dayton in his call to raise the income tax on the wealthiest Minnesotans.  The Governor wants to use the proposed hike to close about half the gap on the $6.2 billion revenue shortfall projected for the next biennium. 

Gazelka tells KLKS News, his fellow Republicans fundamentally disagree with that approach.  He says they were elected to reign-in run away government spending.

Gazelka says Republicans want to eliminate the shortfall through budget cuts.  He says they have asked local units of government to do the same thing, because he does not want to see a property tax increase, as more of the burden is moved closer to home.  And, he does not want to see a government shut down in June if the two sides can't come together.

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