ST. PAUL, MINN. – The 2014 Legislative Session started off at a fast pace for freshman Senator John Hoffman, who represents the communities of Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids. With rallies for two key issues he’s supporting this week (the 5% Campaign and the Safe and Supportive Schools Act), as well as hearings on several business to business tax repeals he’s co-authoring, Sen. Hoffman has been keeping busy.
“Due to the shortened session, legislators are squeezing in five months of work into maybe just eight to ten weeks of session. The budget surplus of $1.2 billion puts this legislature in a positive position and gives it some flexibility to pass legislation that is accompanied with price tags, and to cut some taxes,” said Sen. Hoffman.
The 5% Campaign is a great example of this. This movement has been gaining momentum across the state, as its message resonates to secure a pay increase for home and community-based health care workers who care for persons with developmental disabilities.
“The 5% Campaign has been a priority since last session, and I remain committed to helping secure a pay increase for these hard-working Minnesotans,” said Sen. Hoffman.
Another bill that is consuming a large portion of Sen. Hoffman’s time is S.F. 1884 which calls for repealing all three of the business to business taxes that were passed in the 2013 omnibus tax bill. The taxes include a tax on electronic and commercial equipment repair and maintenance, telecommunications equipment and warehousing and storage services.
“Minnesota’s economy is seeing continued growth. The fact we are even able to consider repealing these taxes is another illustration that our state is becoming increasingly stronger. Additionally, other areas of tax relief are also being considered,” said Sen. Hoffman.
“While I would like to see a portion of our state’s budget surplus go toward tax relief, I would also like to see a significant amount go into our budget reserves. We need to build up our ‘rainy day fund’ for the security and financial stability of our future economies,” said Sen. Hoffman.
Sen. Hoffman welcomes additional questions or comments; you can contact him at Sen.John.Hoffman@senate.mn or by calling his office at (651) 296-4154.