ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz is now appealing for rebate checks for Minnesotans of $2,000 per family and $1,000 for individuals.
Walz says Minnesotans will view them as “gas checks” to deal with record prices.
He’s getting support for his latest discount idea from DFL House chair Melissa Hortman.
But the idea still lacks the bipartisan support it needs to make it through the Legislative Assembly.
Republicans are uniting and calling the rebate checks a “trick” and a “desperate move to buy voters.”
Walz said the checks would be structured as a state tax credit, meaning no federal taxes are owed, which had been a sticking point with two previous refund proposals.
“What’s the argument, I guess we should never pay anybody anything because you’re taxed on it, so don’t do it,” Walz said.
“So you can call it whatever you want, I’ll tell you what Minnesotans are going to call it: they’re going to call them gas checks. That’s exactly what they’re going to call them because that’s how they’re going to use it the most. »
“In January, we didn’t expect inflation to last this long,” Hortman said.
“We expect it to start fading in the third quarter. But like the governor said, families in Minnesota need help paying for gas this summer, they need help. to pay for diapers, they need help paying for groceries.
Republicans remain against calling a special session to consider the idea.
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said Minnesotans deserve permanent and continued tax cuts — not just a one-time election year check.