A few ways the governor’s unallotment may impact you.
If you’re a politician:
You’ll have to find another way to convince people to contribute to your campaign. The political contribution refund is eliminated through June 30, 2011. It reimburses Minnesotans for contributions to candidates.
If you’re a renter:
Your renter’s refund would be reduced from 19% of rent paid to 15%.
If you’re a personal care attendant:
The most hours you can work in a month are being reduced by 45.
If you work for the Department of Public Safety, Military and Veterans Affairs, Corrections, or State Operated Services Division of the Department of Human Services:
Relax. The 2.25 percent reduction in the state agencies budget doesn’t apply to you.
If you invested in capital equipment:
You won’t be getting your sales tax refund payment for up to 3 months.
If you need help applying for public health care programs:
You’re on your own. The money to fund it from the state is being suspended. Parts of the program paid for by the tax on health care providers will continue.
If you live in Albertville, Andover, Arden Hills, Baxter, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Champlin, Chanhassen, Circle Pines, Corcoran, Cottage Grove, Dayton, Eagan, East Bethel, Edina, Farmington,Forest Lake, Golden Valley, Ham Lake, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, Lake Elmo,Lakeville, Lino Lakes, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, Minnestrista, Monticello, Mound, New Brighton, Oakdale, Orono, Otsego, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Ramsey, Rogers, Rosemount, Roseville, Sartell, Savage, Shakopee, Shoreview, Shorewood, Spring Lake Park, St. Anthony, St. Louis Park, St. Michael, Vadnais Heights, Victoria, or Woodbury:
You may not feel the impact as deeply. Your city doesn’t get local government aid (LGA) from the state. Other cities will feel it, city officials say. “It could be in the form of no cop in their kid’s school, higher property taxes, or a local library that is no longer open,” according to St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
If you’re Wisconsin:
Send that check!
Minnesota will require payments under the reciprocity agreement that allows Wisconsin students who attend Minnesota public colleges to pay the same tuition they would at a comparable Wisconsin school, and vice versa. This is wrong. You still have to pay up, Wisconsin, but it’s the income tax reciprocity agreement that allows residents of one state to file income taxes only in the state in which he/she lives when he/she works across the border.