May 22, 2016
Katie Fulkerson, 651-296-5133
2016 session caps four years of DFL tax increases, spending growth and rising healthcare costs
(St. Paul, MN…) As the dust settled on yet another last-minute finish to the legislative session, Senate Republicans criticized Senate Democrats for refusing to pass a long-term transportation package because it did not contain a tax increase to pay for trains in Minneapolis. The 2016 session capped a four year term that saw record spending increases fueled by massive tax increases in the 2013 session.
Overall, total tax collections in Minnesota are up 20 percent since the 2012 session, with income tax collections up 25 percent, sales tax collections up 20 percent and property tax collections up 10 percent.1 Spending during those four years increased 18 percent2 while inflation and the state’s population grew only 3 percent each.3
Meanwhile, Minnesota families continue to experience rising healthcare costs, dangerous roads, and more and more traffic congestion.
“During the last four years of DFL control of the Senate, state government has taken more money from Minnesota families but not delivered solutions,” said Senate Republican Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie). “Families have less money, but rising healthcare costs. Families have less money, but more potholes. Families have less money but their schools aren’t improving. And families have less money but more anxiety about their jobs and futures.”
Senate Republicans are especially concerned about the lack of reforms to the healthcare system in Minnesota, including the state’s version of Obamacare known as MNsure.
“Every time we turn around, Minnesotans get more bad news about healthcare,” said Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake). “Obamacare promised that if you liked your plan, you could keep your plan, and if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. Instead, Minnesotans have lost their plans, lost their doctors, have fewer insurance options, and are paying more than ever before. Minnesotans are dying because of MNsure delays. For four years, Republicans have presented ideas to give people more choices and decrease healthcare costs, and Minnesotans deserve representatives who will fight for them.”
During the last four years, Republicans proposed reforms that would have improved the lives of Minnesota families, including:
  • Using a significant portion of the surplus to provide broad tax relief for all taxpayers
  • Eliminating taxes on Social Security, saving seniors $600 per year
  • Improving health insurance choices and controlling the cost of healthcare
  • Eliminating mandates on school funding, and doubling the education tax credit to allow parents to use it for tuition
  • Adopting a 10-year plan to invest in safer roads and bridges without raising taxes
“Senate Republicans have a vision for governing and look forward to working with Republicans in the House next year on permanent tax relief, healthcare reform, a long-term solution for roads and bridges without a tax increase, and creating a secure future for Minnesota families,” added Hann.

[1] $28 billion in FY 2013 to $34 billion in FY 2017 (projected):
[2] $35.3 billion in 2012-13 biennium to $41.5 billion in 2016-17 biennium:
[3] PCE Inflation Jan 2013-Mar 2016:

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