Minnesota Republicans are proposing the state eventually eliminate its tax on Social Security benefits. Currently Minnesota taxes Social Security benefits at the same rate as the federal government, meaning that people whose income mostly relies on social security is not taxed, but those who have additional income are taxed.
A proposal to repeal Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor sales has support from Democrats and Republicans this session, however that does not guarantee it is going to pass. In the past it has been voted down by wide margins. In the past, liquor store owners and union labor have been opposed to the bill. Supporters Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) and Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) brought along several liquor store owners to their news conference announcing this year’s drive to repeal the Sunday liquor sale prohibition.
Tamra Kramer, owner of Vom Fass a store that sells liquor at the Mall of America, said her store would make $100,000 more a year in sales if Sunday sales were allowed.
When questioned about that figure she said she just multiplied a single days sales by 52. Opponents of the repeal in the past have argued that people buy their liquor on other days knowing the store will be closed on Sunday, meaning for most store owners, sales would not go up as much as Kramer said hers would.
Reasons the law has not been repealed in the past
President Obama delivered his sixth State of The Union address tonight saying after six years of the worst economic crisis since the great depression, it is time for all Americans to share in the economic recovery.
President Obama is calling for simplifying the tax system by eliminating loopholes that benefit the rich and using the money to give tax breaks to the middle class.