Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) offered an unsuccessful amendment on the floor that attempted to remove the repeal of the gas tax credit.
After the bill’s passage, Rep. Champion released the following statement:
“One of my highest priorities is to get people back to work because the best social program is a good job.
But it is unconscionable to pay for the excellent provisions in this bill by taking more from those who already have so little.
This session is full of bad choices. Because we have a Governor who will not consider any revenue that is based on fairness, we’re forced to make cuts to the safety nets that people depend on in hard times. Those cuts come on top of the deep cuts that the Governor made last session that are already hitting communities of color and low-income Minnesotans disproportionately hard. This provision is like kicking them when they’re down.
We always talk about the need for shared sacrifice to get through hard times. But we have a responsibility to make sure the decisions we make don’t ask those who are struggling the hardest to sacrifice the most.”