This morning on Jack & Ben’s ‘Show To Be Named Later’ Sen. Dave Thompson announced his intention to introduce a bill IF a Special Session is called to repeal DFL Governor Dayton’s Warehouse Tax.
Minnesota is the only state in the nation to tax commercial warehousing services.
Thompson said that if a Special session is called to deal with the June storms, he will introduce a bill to repeal Dayton’s Warehouse tax which will likely even get DFL support. So far DFL Majority Leaders have refused calls by Republicans to have a special session to repeal their warehouse tax. Some said it could wait until next session, others are not against repealing it altogether. I guess they are not concerned with employers fleeing the state and taking their jobs with them.
Are you worried about the media saying Thompson is trying to hi-jack the session that should be focused on the Storm relief? Have no fear: Noted racist and radical DFL House member Ryan Winkler has already said he plans to introduce his billion dollar business tax hike (AKA Minimum Wage Increase)
It’s common for legislative leaders to reach a pre-special session agreement on what can be taken up on the floor during that time. Republicans are already calling for a special session to repeal a tax on warehousing passed last session, and DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler tweeted on Thursday that he’d like to see a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage brought back for action. The bill passed off both the House and Senate floors last session, but legislators failed to reach a compromise position in conference committee before adjournment.
“Special session for storms could include minimum wage increase–a raise for 350K MN workers. Workers shouldn’t need to wait until 2014,” Winkler tweeted.
This bill puts Minnesota employers and businesses at a competitive disadvantage to neighboring states and we’re already seeing businesses making plans to respond accordingly. As in “move operations and jobs” out of Minnesota. (Source)
Among the businesses concerned about the tax is Red Wing Shoes. The company declined to provide comment for this article. But in an interview with the Star Tribune’s Neal St. Anthony, Red Wing Shoes President Dave Murphy said the company has decided to delay plans for a new $20 million distribution center in Red Wing as a result of the tax.
Minnesota employers shouldn’t have to wait to have this misguided warehouse tax repealed. Thanks to Sen. Dave Thompson for keeping the pressure on fighting Dayton and the DFL’s disastrous economic agenda.