Why Not Tax Bus & LRT Fares?

Democrats have unveiled another laundry list of taxes at the State Capital. This one is relates to transportation. Two words: Job killer. 

Its Rep. Erhardt’s bill HF931 (pdf) Emphasis mine)

  • authorizing and appropriating $800.8 million in trunk highway bonds, provided at $100 million per year over fiscal years 2014-17;
  • raising registration taxes by increasing the rate (from 1.25 percent to 1.375 percent of depreciated base value) as well as the flat fee (from $10 to $20);
  • establishing a late payment penalty for some registration taxes;
  • increasing taxes on motor fuels by a total of 9.5 cents per gallon for gasoline and diesel with proportional increases for other fuel types, which is phased in over fiscal years 2014-17;
  • allocating all revenue from motor vehicle lease sales tax to transportation purposes;
  • expanding the general sales tax to include motor vehicle repairs and service, with revenues allocated to transportation purposes;
  • amending exemptions to the general sales tax to include purchases made with constitutionally dedicated transportation funds;
  • eliminating some exemptions from the motor vehicle sales tax;
  • raising the flat tax, from $90 to $150, imposed on sales of collector vehicles in lieu of the motor vehicle sales tax;
  • modifying the county wheelage tax, to expand the authority to all counties and eliminate a $5 cap;
  • raising the rate, from 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent, for the metropolitan area transportation sales tax and requiring allocation of a one-third of revenues to county highways;
  • eliminating a referendum requirement on the local option transportation sales tax for counties in Greater Minnesota; and
  • authorizing cities to establish municipal street improvement districts.

I’m sitting here adding up all the added costs that would result from this bill. Not just me personally, but also our business. And that is just the stated increases, this bill would remove multiple layers of accountability by removing referendums and caps that would allow local cities and counties to tax at will.

Two other words come to mind after reading that summary: Term Limits. Its time for term limits in Minnesota.

If this passes, this is yet another shining example of why you should not consider opening a business in Minnesota if Democrats are in charge. And newsflash folks, not everyone works for the Government, so if you want a good paying job, you need people that will want to run a business here.

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