In my first term in the legislature, I have worked tirelessly to keep property taxes low for Minnesota homeowners, business owners, and renters. Not only did I vote against eliminating the Market Value Homestead Credit, I signed onto legislation to restore the homestead credit after the Republicans eliminated it. Unfortunately, they chose to raise your property taxes to solve our budget deficit. Property taxes are one of the most regressive forms of taxation, and I will continue to fight to keep them low.
Minnesotans deserve taxation that is fair and balanced. This means asking the wealthiest Minnesotans to pay the same as the rest of us. The gap between the rich and the rest of us continues to grow, and it has become too burdensome on the middle class, seniors, and those on a fixed income to be paying more than their fair share of the state's expenses.
As a result of last session's budget and the school shift, the State of Minnesota is paying for its current operating budget with borrowed money. I voted against borrowing money to maintain our current operating expenses. This is a reckless way to run the state, and generations down the road will pay the price. Our state needs fair and reliable revenue to cover our expenses.