Leaders from the Minnesota House and Senate appear to have made a deal to spend the budget surplus with Governor Walz’ approval. In an announcement made from the St. Paul Capitol lawn on Monday morning, Walz appeared with Senate Majority Leader Miller and House Majority Leader Winkler to reveal the $4 Billion in “targeted investments” about to be made.
Among this new spending will be $1 Billion for already well-funded public schools, $1 Billion for health and human services, and $450 million for public safety. The remaining increase will go towards several government programs across the board.
Overall, this proposal is expected to increase the state government by eighteen percent.
While this proposal introduces minor tax cuts, these will not take effect until next year. This nearly $12 billion surplus and budget reserve money has already been overtaxed from the people and ought to be returned to them.
If you want your tax dollars back in your pocket, call your state legislators and demand that they give back the surplus!
Every four years, The Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota get together at their state conventions to pick candidates for Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor and (sometimes) candidates for US Senate.
In 2022, Democrats already have their candidate for Governor – or rather, their pick to be Dictator over the state of Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz abused his office when he unilaterally took power from the legislature to create his own laws that hurt citizens in 2020 and 2021.
The people of Minnesota demanded that Walz be removed from his office, whether that meant recalling him or impeaching him. North Star Liberty Alliance has lead the charge on the effort to impeach Walz for his abuses of power. You can sign the impeachment petition here.
Now, Republicans aim to throw their support by a candidate to face off against Walz in the November election. The only problem is, few of the candidates are ready to stand for the principles of Liberty – many actually wouldn’t be much of an improvement over Walz.
Frontrunner for the nomination, Scott Jensen, has tried to establish himself as an outsider, despite his four year term in the MN Senate. During his time in the Senate, he co-sponsored two gun control bills, voted for unreadable omnibus bills, and refused to force a vote on emergency powers.
Other candidates in the running for the Republican Endorsement are Dr. Neil Shah, Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy, and former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. Senator Michelle Benson was forced out of the race by Liberty-Lovers due to her poor voting record in the Minnesota Senate.
Liberty-Lovers will be making their voices heard, whether it be from afar or as a delegate to these conventions. They will demand that emergency powers be eradicated, the surplus returned, and omnibus bills be vetoed before they throw their support behind any candidate.
If Republicans do not get a candidate that is serious on freedom issues, they may not show up to the polls in November.
Republicans will hold their state convention on Saturday in Rochester. It is expected that they will go to multiple rounds of balloting before selecting a candidate for governor.
When Senator Michelle Benson got into the Governor’s race in September, she made claims that she cut taxes and lowered insurance premiums. She attempted to position herself as the conservative in the race. When activists got a hold of her voting record, they discovered that she was less than truthful about what she stood for.
She ran into problems when delegates confronted her on her votes for gigantic omnibus bills that funded abortion, like the Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill in 2021 (HF 33). Delegates also expressed concern for her support for reinsurance, which subsidizes healthcare companies with tax dollars.
Her most egregious sin is defending Governor Walz’ Health Commissioner, Jan Malcolm, who advised Walz on shutting down Minnesota’s economy in 2020. The Minnesota Senate has the ability to fire the Governor’s health commissioners. While Republicans had a slim majority in the Senate, Michelle Benson refused to lend a vote towards firing Malcolm.
Despite the hype behind her candidacy from the Fake News Media, Benson’s campaign never really took off. It’s not hard to see why. Her campaign took last place in the February 1st GOP Straw Poll.
Benson left the GOP Race for Governor last week, noting that she still believes she would have been the best candidate to beat Walz. If she had not voted for Big Government programs and defended the disastrous Jan Malcolm, maybe that could have been true.
Everyone had thought that the worst of government overreach and COVID hysteria was behind us. Unfortunately, they were wrong.
Jacob Frey and other Minneapolis Liberals began to strongly advise mask wearing last Thursday, regardless of vaccination status. This proclamation comes with citations of increased cases of COVID-19.
Alpha News notes that the city believes it is using “science to guide its public health strategies,” which have “saved lives.”
This push for masks for Minneapolis comes despite a low transmission rating from the CDC.
Make no mistake, these mandates are about power, not safety. Because a handful of individuals still cling tight to their masks, the City of Minneapolis expects others to put their masks back on as well.
Minnesotans have clearly had enough of the mandates coming down from leftists like Mayor Frey and Governor Walz.
Does this action mean that another citywide mandate is coming? Who knows. The City of Philadelphia abruptly introduced and lifted a mask mandate in April, so anything can happen!
If you have paid attention to the political world for long, you’ll know that debates and votes at the St. Paul Capitol are merely political theater, rather than real thoughts and actions made by individual legislators.
Fortunately, Representative Jon Koznik accidentally confirmed this on the House Floor. In a video released by Representative Erik Mortensen on Thursday afternoon, Koznik says that:
“We’re very much told to follow our leadership, stay with your team…”
If you don’t believe Koznik, just look at the Articles of Impeachment that were introduced in January of 2021. As of writing, only Representatives Mortensen, Drazkowski, and Munson have authored the legislation. None of which belong to the traditional House Republican Caucus.
While many more legislators like Representative Glenn Gruenhagen have shown support for the legislation, but then refused to sign on. This is because he must fall in line with whatever Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says.
Even those who pretend to be conservative champions like Representative Lucero and Representative Mekeland have refused to co-author this legislation. This is after North Star Liberty Alliance put out pressure campaigns begging these legislators to sign on.
Check out one of our ads here.
These legislators choose to stand with party leadership over the people who have been used and abused by Governor Walz and his executive orders. Representative Koznik was right!
North Star Liberty Alliance is the author of the Official Impeachment Petition against Walz. Every signature is delivered to your legislator in St. Paul. Your signature is needed!
Politicians will do and say anything to win. Many of them promise that they will stop tax increases, and even eliminate some taxes like the Social Security Tax or Sick Tax. As a candidate for Governor, Michelle Benson has recently promised to eliminate both – despite actually voting for the Sick Tax in 2019!
Minnesota’s 1.8% Sick Tax (aka, the Provider Tax) on health care providers has been attacked by conservatives for years. This tax is no big deal for providers, as they usually will pass the cost of the tax onto the consumer – which makes your healthcare more expensive!
In a campaign email sent out on April 20th, Senator Michelle Benson claims that:
“I will NEVER support a tax increase as your Governor. Minnesota families pay enough already. When I am your Governor, seniors will not have to pay the outrageous double tax on Social Security and every Minnesotan will be spared from the atrocious Sick Tax.”
This is in stark contrast to Benson’s voting record, which shows that she voted for HF 5 on May 24th of 2019. This special session tax bill includes a provision that renews Minnesota’s Sick Tax, which was previously set to expire.
Why would Benson vote for the Sick Tax if she pretends to oppose it? Is she lying, or did she simply not read the bill? Either explanation has liberty lovers saying this completely and totally disqualifies her from representing the people of Minnesota as Governor.
Ask Michelle Benson why she would vote to keep the Sick Tax, when she campaigns on lowering and eliminating taxes:
Michelle Benson (SD 31)
Republican State Representative Barb Haley seemed to be a rising star within the establishment ranks within St. Paul. After winning her election to the Minnesota House in 2016, she cozied up to Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and his lackeys, winning her the position of Minority Whip in 2020.
When Senate District 20’s seat opened up this year, she decided to throw her hat in the ring. Come the endorsing convention on April 2nd, she lost the Republican endorsement on the first ballot in a stunning loss – winning only 30% of the vote.
It’s not hard to see why Haley lost favor with her constituents. When Walz took up his tyrannical emergency powers in 2020, Haley was forced by grassroots activists to take action against his edicts. She offered up a bill that she said ended his “emergency”, but was really a big show to get conservatives off her back.
Haley even admitted that her bill did not eliminate Walz’ emergency powers, but simply tinkers with them – allowing him to declare another illegal and unconstitutional emergency.
Groups like North Star Liberty Alliance have repeatedly called out Haley for her lackluster performance in the legislature for years now.
Clearly, Liberty-Lovers in SD 20 have had enough of RINOs like her. Haley's loss is not only a victory for those who demand the best out of their elected officials, but also a devastating blow to the establishment that ignores the will of the people.
On Tuesday, The Minnesota House DFL approved a $7.36 billion supplemental budget resolution through the House Ways and Means committee. This spending bill would eat into the overtaxed $9.25 billion budget surplus.
Despite passing a budget for 2022-2023 last year, legislators appear to have an itch that only rampant spending can satisfy. These legislators try to justify their spending spree as an "investment."
This budget resolution includes $1.16 billion for failing public schools, $1 billion for frontline worker handouts, and $700 million for health and human services. This proposal passed out of committee along party lines as you could have guessed.
Minnesotans deserve to have this money back in their pockets. With skyrocketing inflation rates, grocery store food shortages, and ever-increasing gas prices, Minnesotans need the cash way more than the Government does.
There is only one proposal that suggests giving the entirety of the surplus back, and it comes from Representative Erik Mortensen. His bill, HF4642, proposes an income tax holiday for either 2021 or 2022.
If Minnesotans opt to use their tax holiday for their 2021 taxes, they will receive a tax rebate for taxes already paid to the state. This is more useful than any kind of "investment" that the DFL offers. As of yet, it has no Senate companion bill.
This supplemental budget resolution is expected to get a vote on the floor on Thursday. Contact your legislators and let them know that you expect them to vote no!
Lawmakers in St. Paul have been scheming to spend your surplus money for months now. Even though Minnesota’s two year budget was passed in 2021, legislators are already looking to spend the $12 billion that you were overtaxed.
Leadership in both the House and the Senate have moved their own proposals, both of which either tinker with the tax code, or send out small dollar tax returns to people below a set level of income – regardless of whether or not they paid their taxes.
Sadly, nearly all legislators in both the House and the Senate plan to spend your surplus money instead of immediately refunding it to the people. However, there is one legislator who looks to do right by the people.
Representative Erik Mortensen introduced HF4642 in late March to give Minnesotans a complete and total income tax holiday, which they can choose to utilize in the form of a tax refund for their 2021 taxes, or simply skip filing taxes for 2022.
The $12 billion has already been overtaxed. While tax cuts are great to ensure future overtaxation is limited, it does not address the surplus money already collected by the state. Mortensen’s bill addresses this problem head on.
And with rampant inflation, a break in taxes now will mean more for this year’s tax period than it will in a year from now. Money in the taxpayer’s pocket now may be worth much less come tax season next year.
Minnesota should outright eliminate the state income tax. Every year, the state loses residents to tax friendlier states like Florida and South Dakota. Until that can happen, this proposal is the next best shot at keeping Minnesotans in state.
The legislation currently has no co-sponsors, nor a senate counterpart. If you’d like to see your tax dollars returned, then contact your legislators and tell them to get on board with HF4642.
Do you remember Jim Newberger? A former state legislator from the old house district 15B?
You may remember him for his failed run for United States Senate against Amy Klobuchar, or even his recent failed attempt to become chairman of the MN GOP. But did you know about his carpetbagging campaign into SD 10?
That’s right, Jim Newberger is moving north to run for an open state senate seat. After the SD 10 endorsing convention recessed before an endorsement was made on April 1st, all candidates began to sling mud at one another.
Now, Newberger is forced to reconcile for his record in the Minnesota House. His record for voting for big budget omnibus bills and bigger government is coming back to haunt him.
In a surprising move, he admitted that he voted for these things in a recent campaign email – and even tries to double down on his votes.
Here are the votes that Jim Newberger is advertising to voters:
- Jim Newberger voted FOR big budget omnibus bills, which are against the MN Constitution’s “Single Subject” provision.
- Jim Newberger voted FOR Dangerous ID when he voted for HF 3 in 2017. Dangerous ID allows the Federal Government to create a nationwide database of its citizens, which it could use to implement nightmares like a nationwide Vaccine Passport.
It would be one thing if he owned up to his mistakes. Sadly, he emails voters by doubling down on his votes.
After attempting to justify his votes for omnibus bills, Neweberger ends the email with the message:
“Do I like omnibus bills. No.
Do we need to reform government to get rid of them? Absolutely.”
Why would voters ever trust Jim Newberger to end the practice of unconstitutional omnibus bills when he defends his votes for them?
Neweberger is running against candidates who live in the district, Former Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent C. Lindgren and political outsider and community activist Nathan Wesenberg.