by Evan Stambaugh
The Center of the American Experiment is hosting a tax rally outside the Minnesota Capitol to call for the return of the state’s enormous budget surplus to taxpayers.
The event, the “Give It Back Rally,” will take place on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m.
“We’re hosting a Tax Rally in St. Paul to pressure Gov. Tim Walz and the legislature to return the record-breaking $9.3 billion budget surplus to the hardworking taxpayers of Minnesota,” according to a press release.
The rally is set to feature a slate of speakers:
- John Hinderaker, president of American Experiment
- Jason Lewis, former U.S. House member representing Minnesota’s second district
- Jon Justice and Andrew Lee, hosts of “Justice & Drew” on KLTK
- Scott Hennen, host of “What’s on Your Mind”
- Dan “Ox” Ochsner, host of “Ox in the Afternoon” on KNSI
- Al Travis, host of “Al in the Afternoon” on KTOE and “Between the Lines”
The rally will also call on Gov. Walz and the Minnesota Legislature to enact permanent tax cuts and reduce state government spending. Speeches will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the hosts are encouraging attendees to make their own homemade signs.
Throwback Tuesday—TAX RALLY TIME!
BLS says over the past year inflation surged to four-decade high of 8.5%—while Minnesota state government ran a $9.3 billion surplus! That’s why on APRIL 23rd AT 11AM ON THE CAPITOL STEPS IN ST. PAUL we’re getting together again! Give it back! pic.twitter.com/r0afZrHk71
— Jason Lewis (@LewisForMN) April 12, 2022
Top Republican legislators have been calling for permanent tax cuts since the projected $9.25 billion budget surplus was announced. To that end, the Minnesota Senate recently passed what Republicans are calling the largest permanent tax cut in state history.
SF 3692 was passed in a bipartisan 42-24 vote earlier this month. It is said to eliminate state income tax on Social Security benefits and reduce the first-tier tax rate from 5.35% to 2.80%. These measures are projected to save Minnesota families several hundred dollars per year, as well as a collective $1.6 billion for Social Security beneficiaries.
“At a time when Minnesotans are facing 40-year record high inflation, it’s imperative to provide permanent, ongoing relief to all taxpayers,” Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, chair of the Senate Tax Committee, said in a statement.
“We are working to ease their financial burdens, right size Minnesota’s tax structure, and provide a boost in every single paycheck from here on out. We can empower Minnesotans and get our state on the right track with this immediate, permanent tax relief,” she added.
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Evan Stambaugh is a freelance writer for AlphaNews.org who had previously been a sports blogger. He has a BA in theology and an MA in philosophy.
Photo “Tax Rally at the Minnesota Capitol” by Jason Lewis.