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Capitol notes: Wills’ tax-repeal bill moves forward in House

A bill chief authored by Representative Anna Wills (R-Apple Valley) to repeal all three business-to-business taxes passed during the 2013 legislative session received its first committee hearing on Tuesday, the first official day of the 2014 legislative session. The bill (HF1973) was heard by the Tax Committee, and was laid on the table for possible inclusion in a potential tax omnibus bill expected to move forward this session.

 “Among my top priorities this session is to undo the mistakes of last session and get rid of the burdensome business-to-business taxes that are impacting all Minnesota families in the form of higher prices and fewer jobs,” Rep. Wills said. HF1973 would repeal the commercial equipment repair and maintenance tax that took effect July 1, 2013, the warehousing tax which is set to take effect on April 1, 2014, and restore the sales tax exemption for capital equipment for the telecommunications industry. Full repeal of the business-to-business taxes is estimated to cost $314 million for the biennium which would come from the projected $1 billion budget surplus. Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed support for using the surplus to repeal some or all of the business-to-business taxes passed by Democrats and signed into law by Governor Dayton last session.

Garofalo receives unanimous endorsement

Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) was unanimously re-endorsed Saturday by the delegates of House District 58B for re-election as the Republican candidate in 2014. Garofalo faced no opposition, and was endorsed by acclimation on a voice vote.

“I’m honored to once again be the endorsed Republican candidate for House District 58B,” Garofalo said.

“This is the first step to what I hope will be a very successful 2014 for Republicans up and down the ballot. Minnesotans are fed-up with one-party control and the disastrous results that have followed in the form of ObamaCare, skyrocketing taxes, and hundreds of millions in wasteful spending.” 

Garofalo began 2014 with more than $50,000 cash on hand, the highest total in the state for a House candidate seeking re-election. 

Wills will seek second term

State Representative Anna Wills, R-Apple Valley, announced Monday, March 3, 2014 her intention to seek a second term for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Wills will seek the Republican Party endorsement at the upcoming Senate District 57 Convention on March 15.

“It’s been such an honor to serve the communities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, and Coates over the past two years, and I hope to earn their trust again for a second term,” Wills said.

During her first term at the legislature Wills focused her efforts on veteran’s issues and tax policy, chief authoring a widely-supported veteran’s hiring tax credit that garnered 50 co-authors, including 25 DFL members. She also chief authored legislation to repeal all three business-to-business taxes passed during the 2013 legislative session.

“During my first term, I’ve focused on protecting the pocketbooks of hardworking Minnesota families, and fighting for the priorities of our community,” Wills said. “I’ve opposed billions of dollars in tax increases and fought to make our government more efficient and effective, and have worked to make sure Minnesota honors the service and sacrifice of our veterans.”

Wills also stressed her work on the Education Finance and Education Policy committees, having held numerous meetings with school district officials to gather input and feedback about state K-12 policy.

“I’m truly humbled to have been able to serve, and get to know so many of the great citizens here in District 57B over the past two years.” Wills said.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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