ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Republican chairwoman of the Minnesota Senate Taxes Committee said Wednesday that exemptions to the state's sales, income, property and corporate taxes are a form of government spending, and that closing some could be a part of GOP efforts to eliminate the state's $6 billion budget shortfall.
Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, made her comments after the Minnesota Department of Revenue released a report detailing tax breaks that riddle the state's tax code. Some of the most widely known are popular sales tax exemptions on clothing and food purchases, and the mortgage interest deduction to the individual income tax. There are hundreds more that together add up to billions in lost revenue to the state, from sales tax exemptions on a number of professional services to income tax breaks for working families, charitable deductions, child care and long-term care.
Ortman did not specify which tax breaks might be targeted but said she and fellow lawmakers will review that in the coming weeks. That could cause conflict among those statehouse Republicans who say eliminating tax breaks is the same as a tax increase, including Ortman's House counterpart, House Taxes Committee Chairman Greg Davids.
Ortman said protecting special carve-outs that only benefit certain taxpayers forces overall tax rates higher.
"What we're doing is forgoing revenue," Ortman said. "We should be viewing each of these expenditures as a spending program, and we came here to review every single aspect of state spending."
To say breaks and cuts are spending is the equivilent of saying that all earned income belongs to the government and they decide how much of it they will give to you. i.e. communism, socialism etc... So in short, Ortman is a stupid woman. But I am sure you are just gloating over the R behind her name.
Answer by Carpy at 9:57 AM on Feb. 24, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 10:04 AM on Feb. 24, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 10:10 AM on Feb. 24, 2011
Ortman said protecting special carve-outs that only benefit certain taxpayers forces overall tax rates higher protecting carve-outs for those who never pay taxes would be considered the same. This too causes taxes to be higher. Hypocrite.
Answer by Anonymous at 10:18 AM on Feb. 24, 2011