Don Davis, Forum News Service, Published April 04 2014
Minnesota House unanimously passes tax-relief measureST. PAUL – The Minnesota House wants to cut taxes $103 million more than the state already has this year, with half of the relief coming in property taxes.
A bill representatives passed 125-0 Friday adds to $443 million in tax cuts already approved.
The new bill is “heavily focused on property tax cuts for farmers, homeowners and renters,” said House Tax Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, D-Bloomington.
About $45 million of the tax relief is designated to trim property taxes.
Like a Thursday debate on new spending, much of the Friday tax discussion centered on rural issues.
The tax bill would send $18 million to 90,000 farmers who homestead the property. The average family farmer would receive $460.
Among other tax cuts in the new bill:
Democrats patted themselves on the back for actions last year that lowered property taxes.
“This year for the first time in 12 years Minnesotans actually will pay less in property taxes,” said Rep. Jim Davnie, D-Minneapolis, adding that the new bill will help taxpayers more.
Representatives rushed the second tax bill to a vote before they leave on a 10-day Easter-Passover break after they finish work Thursday.
“We are really hurrying to get tax relief to folks,” Lenczewski said.
As part of the pre-recess rush, the House late Thursday approved 70-59 a bill adding $322 million to the current $39 billion, two-year budget.
While the House debated tax cuts Friday, the Senate Finance Committee rushed to meet its deadline to pass its budget bill. That budget bill could be in front of the full Senate on Tuesday.
The Senate has yet to finish its second tax bill, but it could be ready before the holiday break.