Commissioner Frans Talks Budget in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

January 26, 2013 Updated Jan 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCONWO.com) - Commissioner of Revenue Myron Frans was in Duluth today to talk about the budget.

Commissioner Frans was here speaking to the local legislature and the community at the Invest in Minnesota gathering today about Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's budget plan.

The Duluth Grille is a token restaurant and state and local law makers gathered here to talk about a token subject.

"We think the budget really does address what Minnesotans want in terms of making it fair and balanced, and fixing our deficit problem," said Frans.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released his budget proposal on Monday, which included changes to taxes in order to address the state's $1.1 billion deficit.

One tax reform that has the state buzzing is the 500 dollar property tax rebate for Minnesota homeowners.

"Minnesotan's across the state have been complaining about property taxes, since 2002, property taxes have raised about 86 percent in Minnesota, and one of the things we wanted to try and accomplish was to change our reliance on property taxes by making the rebate to homeowners," said the Commissioner.

Commissioner Frans also says the budget will help small businesses, such as the Duluth Grill, where the meeting was held.

"We are always excited to hear, we get a lot of people coming and going through the restaurant here, and we try to be good hosts as always," said owner of the Duluth Grill Tom Hanson.

Joining the Commissioner at lunch was Representative Mary Murphy, Representative Mike Sunding, and State Senator Rodger Reinert

Commissioner Frans also spoke about how the Governor's budget plan would help Minnesota's small businesses and the cut on sales tax.

Right now the state sales tax rate is six point eight seven five, under the governor's budget plan, the sales tax rate would drop to five point five percent and would include consumer services and clothing over 100 dollars.

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