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Republicans roll out first jobs bills

The first bills introduced in a new legislature carry special symbolism, so Republicans continue to signal jobs and the economy are job one as they take control of the House and Senate.  The $200 million Senate File One has a modest price tag, but lawmakers will pay for the business tax cuts with actual cuts to the budget.  Chief author Sen. Geoff Michel said he’d like to make Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s budget unallotments permanent that would bring in $660 million.  “Job creation I hope can be the marquee issue of the session” Sen. Michel said.

The bill cuts business income taxes in half over two years, freezes business property taxes and creates new regulatory deadlines for state agencies.  Republican senators said the bill will be a work in progress that won’t come together until late in the session.  “We come to this with humility” is how Sen. Michel described it.  He wouldn’t say how many jobs the bill would create after often criticizing Democrats’ claims of job creation numbers in bonding bills over the years.  Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said she wanted to reach out to the DFL governor and DFLers in the Senate in job creation.  House Republicans reveal HF1 later this afternoon.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 01/10/2011 - 01:33 pm.

    “Chief author Sen. Geoff Michel said he’d like to make Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s budget unallotments permanent”.

    So he’s making the public schools pay for business tax cuts. Just what we need!

  2. Submitted by Charles Holtman on 01/10/2011 - 04:20 pm.

    Ms Lahammer –
    I have not read the bills, but from your description they deal with lowering taxes and making regulation less effective. The relation between these actions and job creation is unproven at best; many would say that their effect on infrastructure, workforce readiness, quality of life and the rest will make the state less attractive to employers. So in the interest of journalistic scrupulousness, shouldn’t your headline resist the spin of calling them “jobs” bills?

  3. Submitted by Rick Ryan on 01/10/2011 - 05:05 pm.

    Your headline is misleading at best, “Republicans Roll Out First Tax Cut Bill” would be more accurate. There are no statisitics that show that further cutting of taxes will in fact create jobs, other than anecdotal comments.

    There should be no suprise to anyone that tax cuts are first out of the box for the Republicans and that other unspecified cuts would pay for it later, for there is no problem that can’t be solved by cutting taxes.

    Problem: Deficit, Answer cut taxes.
    Problem: Unemployment, Answer cut taxes.
    Problem: Potholes, Answer cut taxes.
    Problem: Unsafe food, Answer cut taxes.
    Problem: You name it, Answer cut taxes.

    So predictable and so sad that there is no vision other than cut taxes.

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