Rassmusson favors eliminating state taxes on Social Security to make Minnesota a more welcoming home for senior citizens

By Rep. Jordan Rasmusson
Minn. House of Representatives
Republican-Fergus Falls   

The 2022 legislative session starts Jan. 31 and, even though this is not an official budget year, our state’s $7.7 billion surplus puts finances front and center at the Capitol.

Our state government is flush with cash at a time Minnesotans are still struggling with inflation at its highest levels in 30 years. This historic surplus provides us with opportunities to deliver meaningful relief to taxpayers who have been overcharged.

Let’s start by eliminating state taxes on Social Security to make Minnesota a more welcoming home for seniors – especially those on fixed incomes.

We also should act quickly to eliminate the scheduled tax increase on Minnesota businesses due to record-setting unemployment claims depleting Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

There is no reason to be raising taxes on businesses that are already struggling with inflation and supply chain issues when our state has an overabundance of revenue. In fact, allowing this tax increase to continue will only exacerbate our rising inflation.

Public safety also is an issue likely to receive significant attention in light of violent crime soaring in our state. While the crime wave geographically has centered on the Twin Cities area, this issue matters to all Minnesotans.

We must make sure our law enforcement officers have the resources they need to keep us safe, both at the state and local levels. I recently met with the Otter Tail County sheriff and county attorney to discuss a variety of issues.

To get a grip on surging crime, we should first better enforce laws that already are on the books. Light sentences or even a failure to charge some criminals has resulted in a higher number of repeat offenses. The 2020 Minnesota Department of Corrections Annual Performance Report states that since 2011, roughly one-fourth of incarcerated offenders released each year have returned to prison with a new felony conviction within three years of release.

Unfortunately, the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission has issued a controversial proposal to reduce sentences for repeat criminals.