Republicans in the Minnesota Senate tried unsuccessfully today to force a vote on tax cuts.
During the morning floor session, Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, offered a motion to suspend the rules for an immediate vote on the tax bill passed by the House last week. The motion failed on a 26 -38 vote.
The House bill (HF1777) cuts taxes by more than $500 million, by repealing three new business sales taxes and lining up state and federal tax law. Hann said the House should be commended for moving with “great speed.”
“Why are we waiting?,” Hann asked. “We know right now that there are thousands of Minnesotans who are in the process of filing their taxes, and they deserve to know what the Legislature intends to do.”
Senate DFL leaders have been taking a much slower approach than the House on the proposed tax cuts. Tax committee chair Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, said he wants to have committee hearings on provisions that are in the bill and those that are not.
“There are a number of those provisions that I think would be important, for the Senate to take a little bit of time, not a lot, but take a small amount of time and contemplate whether they should be included in this bill,” Skoe said.
A tax committee hearing is scheduled next week on the federal conformity issues.
Dennis Nguyen has withdrawn from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s race.
Nguyen, a local businessman, was the only GOP candidate for the open seat, which will be vacated by current Secretary of State Mark Ritchie this year.
“My four young children require my active involvement in their lives,” according to Nguyen’s Facebook page. “Additionally, global equity markets are on the upswing and I need to focus on bringing a number of New Asia Partners’ investments to the market in 2014. This will require spending a lot of time over the next few months traveling both domestically and internationally. With my many ongoing obligations, both business and civic, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for me to make a full time commitment to a statewide campaign at this time.”
Last week, the Minneapolis City Pages reported that Nguyen frequented strip clubs.
Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Keith Downey said his party will put another candidate up for the spot. Here’s Downey’s statement:
“The Republican Party of Minnesota certainly appreciates Dennis Nguyen’s willingness to run, especially since Mark Ritchie’s time as Secretary of State has seen rampant partisanship from an office that should be above reproach. We also respect Dennis’ decision now not to run. We know he will remain active and engaged to elect Republicans in Minnesota. Thankfully, the field of potential Republican candidates considering running for Secretary of State remains very strong, and we will field an excellent candidate to restore the integrity of the Office of the Secretary of State.”
State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, who previously held the office, may be a contender.
Two candidates are competing for the DFL endorsement. State Reps. Steve Simon of Hopkins and Deb Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center want the job.
It’s Monday! Welcome to the Daily Digest. Here’s what you may have missed over the weekend.
Republicans in House district 48B didn’t endorse Rep. Jennifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie – or anyone, for that matter. Loon said she thought her vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage was a factor. (MPR News)
GOP Rep. Tara Mack of Apple Valley skipped a vote on a tax bill to speak at CPAC, an annual meeting of conservatives from around the country. (MPR News)
Another GOP lawmaker is in hot water over a tweet. (Star Tribune)
Meanwhile, in the state Senate, lawmakers are moving slowly on a package of proposed tax cuts just passed by the House. (MPR News)
Here’s what Republicans and Democrats aren’t telling you about property taxes. (MPR News)
MNsure officials said its website is doing better. (MPR News)
And MNsure officials are pushing to sign people up by the March 31 deadline. (Star Tribune)
The Legislature is considering a bill that would soften penalties for deer baiting. (Pioneer Press)
Congressional Republicans are being challenged from their own side. (The New York Times)
In an election year, there won’t be big votes on big issues in the U.S. House. And that’s house Speaker John Boehner wants it. (National Journal)
Rand Paul won a CPAC presidential straw poll. (Politico)
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Mack misses tax vote to attend political event
State Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, was a guest speaker at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. Mack, who is one of CPAC’s Top 10 conservatives under 40 years old, gave an eight minute speech on her political background, her conservative beliefs and what she characterized as the perils of the Read more →
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PoliGraph: DFL, GOP both right – and wrong – about property taxes
Republicans say property taxes have gone up this year. Democrats say they’ve gone down. Confused? So was PoliGraph. As it turns out, both parties are right, but they’re both leaving out important facts, too. The Evidence It’s an election year, and that means you’ll be hearing a lot about taxes – who raised them Read more →
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