GOP Squeezing Poor To Aid Businesses Says DFL By Michael McIntee | February 14, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Economy/Jobs Subscribe to Economy/Jobs Follow this author Representative Greg Davids wants businesses to get a tax break at expense of the poor. Click photo to hear why DFLers think that's a bad idea. Representative Greg Davids wants businesses to get a tax break at expense of the poor. Click photo to hear why DFLers think that's a bad idea.Renters would get a smaller tax refund from the Minnesota and businesses owners would see their property taxes go down under a bill sponsored by Representative Greg Davids (R). Representative Michael Paymar (DFL) says “when we take it from the poor, when we take it from senior citizens, when we take it from people who are disabled. I mean there’s something about our priorities here that are really getting screwed up. ” Representative Davids says the move is necessary to make Minnesota’s business climate competitive with other states. Rep John Lesch: It just amazes me that we find money for corporations and business from the pockets of low income people for 70-80 million dollars a year where there’s not much to squeeze there. There’s plenty of squeeze at the upper end of the income for people who are doing well . Chair Rep. Greg Davids This is one attempt that I have to lower the cost of doing business in this state so that it does become more competitive and our job providers, our small businesses are the job creators. Yes, you need customers, but they’re the ones that are actually providing the jobs and creating the jobs. And yes they do need customers, that’s true. But I want to make Minnesota more favorable place for business. A better place to do business and so that’s why we have House File 1914 before us. Rep Michael Paymar It’s just a said commentary on you know what’s happening in this state. In order to do I think, you know, some of the things you’d like to do, that you think might help businesses and industry in this state, which we’d all like to do. You know, when we take it from the poor, when we take it from senior citizens, when we take it from people who are disabled. I mean there’s something about our priorities here that are really getting screwed up. Rep Melissa Hortman We’re taking more money out of customers pockets and it’s you know it’s all fine and well and good to give a business a property tax cut. But that isn’t how they can create jobs. They can only create jobs if people who get things like the renters credit have enough money in their bank account to go out and buy something. And so I think what your bill, the approach that it takes is actually counterproductive for MInnesota businesses and we’re in this sort of spiral, downward spiral, here were we keep taking money from people who don’t have very much and we keep giving it to people who are doing just fine. Rep. Tom Rukavina If you told Mr. Paymar, Representative Paymar, the renters credit should be for renters property tax relief, should your tax relief for job creators actually create jobs? Chair Rep. Greg Davids Yes it should and it will. Good government all the time… Rep Rukavina Where are you guaranteeing that? Chair There are no guarantees in life except death and taxes. Good government all the time. We are adjourned. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.