RELEASE: Minnesotans concerned with key legislative proposals

RELEASE: Minnesotans concerned with key legislative proposals

Greater Minnesota opposes gas and business tax increases 3:1

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St. Paul, MN (04/18/19) – Results of a statewide survey released today found startling opposition to current legislative proposals to raise business taxes and the gas tax, and impose mandates on employers and employees.

“These results reflect that Minnesotans want our state to be affordable for families and businesses to grow and flourish,” said Doug Loon, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. “High tax rates negatively impact investment, wages, entrepreneurship, and talent retention and recruitment – the very items needed for a strong and growing economy.”

“Minnesota employers support smart investments that preserve Minnesota’s quality of life. However, the sheer magnitude of these proposed tax increases and mandates would discourage companies from creating jobs and investing in Minnesota,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership.

Survey findings include:

Voters statewide oppose Governor Walz’s proposed business tax increases by a nearly 2:1 margin.  

  • 34% support
  • 60% oppose (47% strongly)

Voters in Greater Minnesota oppose these increases by more than a 3:1 margin.

  • 45% in Twin Cities support, 48% oppose (36% strongly)
  • 21% of Greater Minnesota voters support, 74% oppose (60% strongly)

Minnesotans who strongly oppose a new payroll tax to fund a state-run paid leave program outnumber all those who support it.

  • 37% support
  • 55% oppose (42% strongly)

Voters in Greater Minnesota oppose these measures more strongly than voters in the metro.

  • 44% in Twin Cities support, 48% oppose (34% strongly)
  • 29% in Greater Minnesota support, 65% oppose (52% strongly)

Nearly two-thirds of voters statewide oppose Governor Walz’s 20 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase, and more than half (54%) strongly oppose it.

  • 31% support
  • 65% oppose (54% strongly)

Nearly four times as many voters in Greater Minnesota oppose the gas tax increase as those who support it.

  • 40% in Twin Cities support, 57% oppose (47% strongly)
  • 19% in Greater Minnesota support, 75% oppose (63% strongly)

By contrast, nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans – 64% – support dedicating the auto parts sales tax to transportation. 

The legislature is debating proposals to increase taxes and fees by nearly $12 billion over the next four years. Much of that burden will fall on the business community directly with cost increases estimated at $5 billion to $6 billion. These proposals would set roadblocks to investment, slow economic growth and threaten Minnesota’s affordability.

These questions were included in a statewide survey of registered voters in Minnesota, conducted by Meeting Street Research and supported by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Business Partnership and Housing First Minnesota. Interviews were completed April 3–4 and 7, 2019, among 500 registered voters with a mix of cell phone and landline interviewing. The margin of error for a sample size of N=500 is ±4.38%.