Scott Jensen’s Tax Plan Will Leave Minnesotans Behind
Conservative candidate for governor Scott Jensen has released a disastrous tax plan that will cut taxes for big corporations and eliminate the state income tax on the wealthy, forcing schools to cut their funding and working families to pay more than their fair share.
Scott Jensen wants to eliminate the state income tax, which would create a $15 billion hole in the state budget every year.
The state income tax comprises more than half of the state general fund revenue and funds essential programs like early childhood and K-12 education, transportation, health care, higher education, and public safety.
Jensen’s plan to eliminate the state income tax would require slashing funding for things like schools, health care, and other public programs that Minnesotans rely on. And, to finance the programs that rely on the state general fund, Jensen has proposed regressive increases to sales and property taxes.
Jensen has also proposed permanently cutting 10% from the state budget to make up for the budget hole his tax plan would create but has failed to detail a list of specific programs he would cut.
This extreme plan to gut Minnesota’s public programs could have unimaginable consequences for our schools, health care, public safety, and so much more.
Scott Jensen’s Track Record Speaks for Itself
Scott Jensen has a mile-long track record of putting wealthy corporations over the needs of Minnesota’s working families.
As a Minnesota state senator, Scott Jensen voted to give millions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest Minnesotans and big tobacco companies at the expense of our schools and health care. And he voted to allow corporations to deny working Minnesotans a fair wage.
And Jensen voted to underfund Minnesota schools and reduce access to pre-K for Minnesota’s youngest learners.
Now, Scott Jensen wants to slash even more funding from early childhood, K-12, and higher education programs while giving tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthy.
Jensen has said that public education is “a black hole” and he would put “less money” into Minnesota schools as governor.
And his plan to cut funding for Minnesota’s public schools means that schools might have to cut classroom programs, lay off teachers, and increase class sizes. And that’s the last thing that students and teachers need right now.
We Need to Hold Scott Jensen Accountable
Scott Jensen threatens to bring extreme policies to our state that are dangerous for working families and wildly out of touch with Minnesotans’ needs. We need to hold him accountable.
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