During the 2014 election, Republicans said that DFLers were putting the needs of the metropolitan area ahead of those of rural residents and that if elected, Republicans would be the voice for rural Minnesota.
Instead, Republicans are leaving Minnesotans behind so corporate interests can get further ahead.
Kids: Underfunding education, forcing teacher layoffs and larger class sizes
College Students: Forcing higher tuition and debt for college students
Greater Minnesota: Breaking promise to make Greater Minnesota a priority
Working Minnesotans: Cutting wages and health care for working Minnesotans
ALL to provide massive tax breaks for corporate special interests so they can get further ahead.
Minnesotans deserve a legislature that will put the priorities of hardworking Minnesotans first.
REPUBLICANS ARE LEAVING KIDS & STUDENTS BEHIND
Drastically underfunding schools: Republicans are providing less than a 1% increase in funding for schools in their budget. For every $1 they want to give to schools they are handing out $15 in tax breaks.
Laying off teachers: School officials across the state have said teacher layoffs and budget cuts are guaranteed if Republicans succeed in underfunding schools
Refusing to invest in youngest learners: Republicans provide very little investment in early learning. Thousands of 4 year olds across Minnesota will lack access to a quality early education.
Increasing tuition for college students: Republicans underfund higher education, meaning tuition increases are coming for more than 40,000 college students.
REPUBLICANS ARE LEAVING GREATER MINNESOTA BEHIND
Ignoring broadband infrastructure and job creation: Republicans don’t come close to meeting the funding need for statewide broadband infrastructure, and they cut the Job Creation Fund and Minnesota Investment Fund – two critical tools that small businesses in Greater Minnesota use to expand and create jobs.
Shortchanging Greater Minnesota schools: The Republican plan will not narrow the funding gap between metro and rural schools, and would force teacher layoffs in Greater Minnesota districts across the state.
Throwing working Minnesotans off healthcare: Republicans want to dismantle MinnesotaCare, which helps working Minnesotans afford health care coverage. This cut disproportionately target Greater Minnesota.
Ignoring oil train safety: Republicans have next to nothing in their budget on oil train safety and they’ve blocked a plan offered by Democrats to ask railroad companies to pitch in to keep communities safe.
Neglecting property tax relief for homeowners or renters: Republicans are cutting property taxes for corporations and businesses, but provide no property tax refunds or relief to homeowners or renters.
REPUBLICANS ARE LEAVING WORKING FAMILIES AND WOMEN BEHIND
Cutting wages for tipped employees: Republicans include the “tip penalty” in their budget, cutting wages and reducing the minimum wage for servers.
Throwing working Minnesotans off their health care: The Republican plan to dismantle MinnesotaCare will mean 95,000 Minnesotans will lose their coverage entirely or would pay significantly more for coverage.
Cutting wages for public employees & their families: Republicans would cut wages for public employees and their families, while maintain the same pay for themselves.
Blocking Working Parents Act: The Republicans have blocked the Working Parents Act, which would ensure Minnesota families have access to workplace protections like earned sick leave, paid family leave, and schedule fairness.
THE BIGGEST WINNERS IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET ARE CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND THE WEALTHIEST MINNESOTANS
Giving away billions in permanent tax cuts to corporations and big businesses: Republicans permanently eliminate the statewide business property tax, which gives corporations and businesses a multi-billion dollar tax cut over the next eight years.
Eliminating all limits on corporate lobbyist contributions for their own campaigns Republicans passed a bill that eliminates limits on lobbyist contributions to their campaigns. That means the corporate interests that are cashing in from the GOP tax bill will have greater ability to bankroll the campaigns of the representatives that put their needs first.
Cutting taxes for multi-million dollars estates: Republicans passed huge tax cuts for the heirs of multi-million dollar estates. The tax cut will benefit about 800 of the richest Minnesotans. When fully phased-in, this $171 million per biennium tax cut is more money than the Republican budget’s entire increase for Minnesota’s schools.