Tim Walz Has A Lengthy Record Of Both Supporting Tax Increases, Opposing Tax Relief, And Promising To Raise Even More Taxes

He Opposed Tax Reform For Minnesotans, Would Raise State And Federal Gas Taxes, Expand Taxes On Doctor’s Visits, Explore At Taxing Soft Drinks, And Opposed Tax Relief For 98% Of Minnesotans

Tim Walz Opposed The Tax Cut And Jobs Act:

On December 19, 2017, Walz Voted Against The Conference Reports To H.R. 1, Which Lowered The Corporate Tax Rate And Lowered Individual Tax Rates Through 2025.

(Conf. Report On H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #692, Passed 227-203: R 227-12, D 0-191, 12/19/17, Walz Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)

Tim Walz Said He Would Have Vetoed The 2018 Minnesota Tax Bill:

“Host: ‘Would you have signed the tax bill?’ Walz: ‘No I wouldn’t have signed it either.’”

(Almanac, TPT, June 9, 2018, https://www.tpt.org/almanac/video/leading-dfl-candidates-for-governor-31053/)
The Tax Bill Would Have Lowered Tax Rate For Lower And Middle Income Minnesotans

(Tax Foundation, May 18, 2018, https://taxfoundation.org/governor-dayton-vetoes-minnesotas-conformity-bill/ )
It Would Have Lowered Tax Rates And Helped 98% Of Minnesotans. “The Republican-backed bill reduced the rate for the first income tax bracket from 5.35 percent to 5.25 percent over two years, and dropped the second tax bracket from 7.05 percent to 6.85 percent. It keeps most personal and dependent exemptions in place. Republicans say 98 percent of Minnesotans would have seen a tax break under their proposal. If passed, it would have been the first income tax cut in the state since 2000, costing the state budget $142 million in 2020 and $199 million in 2021.”

(Briana Bierschbach, “Dayton Vetoes Tax Bill Over School Funding,” MPR News, May 17, 2018)

Tim Walz Supports Higher Gas Taxes

In January 2015, Walz Said That He Was In Favor Of A Federal Gas Tax Increase To Fund Highways. “One of the biggest pieces of legislation expected to be tackled this session is a new federal transportation bill. Lawmakers are particularly pressured to act because the federal highway funds will be depleted in the near future. Walz, who pushed for a new transportation bill for many years, said the system needs an overhaul that deals with funding and streamlining regulation. One transportation proposal gaining bipartisan support is raising the federal gas tax to fund highways. Walz said he is completely open to a gas tax increase. But he said he is skeptical a gas tax could produce enough funding to solve the problem by itself. He said a mixed approach will be needed.”

(Josh Moniz, “Walz Expects Transportation, VA Legislation,” The Free Press, 1/9/15)
“I absolutely support raising the gas tax.”

(Almanac, TPT, August 17, 2018 https://www.tpt.org/almanac/video/jeff-johnson-tim-walz-in-the-first-post-primary-tv-debate-0e9hhf/)

Tim Walz Wants To Expand Provider Tax:

Tim Walz: “You would need to have an expansion of the provider tax.”

(Almanac, TPT, August 17, 2018 https://www.tpt.org/almanac/video/jeff-johnson-tim-walz-in-the-first-post-primary-tv-debate-0e9hhf/)
The Provider Tax Is A 2% Tax On “Patient Services” Including Dental Visits, Doctor Visits, And Other Medical Therapy – Hitting Patients With Most Need The Hardest. It is currently slated to expire on January 1, 2020.


Tim Walz Has Opposed Elimination Of The Death Tax:

On April 16, 2015, Walz Voted Against H.R. 1105, The Death Tax Repeal Act, Which Would Have Repealed The Estate Tax. “Passage of the bill that would repeal the federal estate tax. The measure also would repeal the generation-skipping transfer tax and reduce the top marginal rate for the federal gift tax from 40 percent to 35 percent.”

(H.R. 1105, Roll Call #161, Passed 240-179: R 233-3, D 7-176, Walz Voted Nay, 4/16/15; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)
On March 29, 2012, Walz Voted Against An Alternative Budget Resolution That Would Eliminated The Estate Tax. “Garrett, R-N.J., substitute amendment that would provide $2.663 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts. It would limit non-defense discretionary spending for fiscal 2013 to $931 billion. It would assume a health care overhaul that would, beginning in 2023, transform Medicare into a health insurance program that provide premium subsidies to enrollees to help offset the cost of health insurance policies. It also would assume conversion of the federal share of Medicaid spending into a block grant to states that would be level-funded at $267 billion per year for the next 10 years. It would assume an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate the estate tax, allow taxpayers to switch to a system with two tax brackets and cut the corporate tax rate to 25 percent.”

(H. Con. Res. 112, Roll Call Vote #149, Rejected 136-285: R 136-104, D 0-181, Walz Voted Nay, 3/29/12; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)

Tim Walz Voted For And Against Eliminating The Medical Device Tax:

On October 23, 2015, Walz Voted Against A Bill To Repeal The Individual Mandate, Employer Mandate, Device Tax, Cadillac Tax And Prevention And Public Health Fund. “Passage of the bill that would repeal portions of the 2010 health care law, including: the requirements for most individuals to have health insurance and employers with more than 50 employees to offer it or face penalties, the 2.3 percent tax on the sale of medical devices, the tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans, and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The measure also would block, for one year, federal funding for Planned Parenthood and would increase funding for community health centers by $235 million in both fiscal 2016 and 2017.”

(H.R. 3762, Roll Call Vote #568, Passed 240-189: R 239-7, D 1-182, Walz Voted Nay, 10/23/15)
On September 29, 2013, Walz Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare’s Medical Device Tax. “Rogers, R-Ky., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the joint resolution that would provide fiscal 2014 continuing appropriations with a Paulsen, R-Minn., amendment that would repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax included in the 2010 health care overhaul. It also would set the expiration date for the continuing appropriations to Dec. 15, 2013; bar authority for capital construction for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission through Dec. 15, 2013; and extend and increase available visas for the special immigrant visa program for Iraqis who supported U.S. efforts in Iraq after March 2003.”

(H.J. Res. 59, Roll Call Vote #497, Passed 248-174, R 231-0, D 17-174, 9/29/13, Walz Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)
On June 7, 2012, Walz Voted For A Bill That Repealed The Medical Device Tax. “Passage of the bill that would repeal an excise tax of 2.3 percent on medical devices created under the 2010 health care overhaul. It also would repeal the overhaul law’s restrictions on using tax-preferred accounts to pay for over-the-counter drugs and allow individuals to recoup up to $500 of unused funds that are left in their flexible-spending arrangements (FSAs) after the end of a plan year. It also would make individuals who receive subsidies to help buy coverage in the state insurance exchanges liable for the full amount of any overpayments.”

(H.R. 436, Roll Call Vote #361, Passed 270-146: R 233-0, D 37-146, Walz Voted Yea, 6/7/12; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)

Tim Walz Supports Marijuana Legalization And Taxation

Tim Walz Wants To Legalize Recreational Marijuana And Then Tax It. “Walz said he would sign a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota if it lands on his desk. “I support it,” he said. “I believe that we regulate, we tax, we make it a Minnesota-grown business.”

(Kerri Miller and Briana Bierschbach, “DFL Governor Candidate Tim Walz Shares His Views,” MPR News, July 25, 2018)

Walz Has Even Expressed Support For Taxing Soda Pop As A Method Of Reforming Health Care

In 2009, Walz Said That He Is Open To The Idea Of A Soda Pop Tax As A Method Of Health Care Reform. While the soda pop tax is not in any of the health care reform legislation, 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz said he is open to the idea. But Walz tends to favor options that encourage healthy behavior instead of punishing unhealthy choices. ‘Part of reforming our health care system is taking personal responsibility and making healthy choices, and I include myself in that,’ Walz said. ‘I have said that this legislation must not add to the federal deficit, and I am open to different options on how to pay for health care reform, but I’m more interested in using carrots than sticks and to make sure that southern Minnesotans have access to the preventative care that is so important to keeping costs down.’”

(Heather J. Carlson, “Federal, State Government Consider Soda Pop Tax,” Post-Bulletin, 10/8/09)