State Rep. Jeff Backer, one of the members of the New House Republican Caucus. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The Minnesota State Legislature will open its 2020 session tomorrow. With a $1.3 billion budget surplus for the state, Republican State Representative Jeff Backer of Browns Valley would like to see taxpayers get some of that money returned. He told the KMRS Legislator’s Corner program that lower taxes in our neighboring states is hurting Minnesota towns on the border.

“We need to look at giving Minnesotans tax relief,” said Backer. “As we know, on the western part of the border, North Dakota, South Dakota kicks our butt when it comes to economic.”

Backer offered a statistic that the town of Wahpeton, North Dakota does nearly 10 times the level of sales than neighboring Breckenridge, Minnesota, which he suggested was due to the difference in taxes. Other hot topics at the Legislature this session, said Backer, would be the amount of the bonding bill, accountability in the Department of Human Services, and gun rights.


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