House Republicans' top priorities for the 23 session were significant and permanent tax relief, restoring safety to our communities, and advancing the priorities of Minnesota Families. Unfortunately, Democrats spent the session raising your taxes, putting criminals over victims, making your energy bills more expensive, and suffocating our economy with countless new mandates on job creators, Main Street businesses, and schools.
With the Record $17.5 BILLION surplus, Minnesotans deserved meaningful tax cuts-especially at a time when inflation has family budges stretched thing. Unfortunately, House Democrats went on a spending spree, increasing the budget by 40% - the largest budget increase in Minnesota History - and tax payers are footing the bill.
$9.8 Billion Tax Increase:
Despite starting the 2023 session with a record surplus, Democrats' budget included 9.8 billion in tax increases, including a gas tax hike, sales tax increases, new delivery tax, additional payroll taxes, and other unpopular and unnecessary tax and fee increases that take money out of the pockets of Minnesota families.
These new taxes all go towards funding Democrats' partisan spending spree. Democrats blew out the spending this year. Minnesotans expect their government to be fiscally responsible - Democrats did just the opposite this session.
Republicans Save Our Nursing Homes:
Facing an existential crisis, Republicans fought tooth and nail to save our nursing homes and support our seniors. Democrats ignored the pleads from our nursing homes until Republicans stepped in. Striking a late-session deal, Republicans secured $300 million for nursing homes. Despite their $72 billion dollar budget, the Democrat single party rule couldn't even find a couple hundred million dollars to stop more nursing homes from shutting their doors.
More than 1.3 million residents in the state are aged 65 or older. As these residents age, their need for care grows. Fifteen nursing homes across Minnesota have closed since 2021. These facilities have been exhausting their reserves and needed immediate relief. It took Republicans fighting all session long to deliver $300 million in assistance so that seniors can stay in their communities.