We have our first bill numbers of the session. See attached.
The premise with all of our bills this year is that there is enough money to ensure that the stadium bonds are paid, there is money for the general fund and there is more than enough to give us relief. Our bills are designed to be a win/win for the state and us.
HF69/SF219 will exempt our donations from the gambling tax. It is projected by the state to be a $30 million dollar reduction in our taxes. I would put it in the range of $20 million, but I will take either one. SF219 chief author is Senator Nelson. Co-authors are Senators Chamberlain, B. Anderson, Kiffmeyer and Ingebrigtsen. HF69 chief author is Representative Dettmer. Co-authors are Representatives Ecklund, Davids, Gunther, Nornes, Pierson, Erickson and Nash.
HF81 would change the current 8.5% flat rate to 4.25% and reduce the combined receipt rates from our current rates to 4.5%, 9% and 13.5%. Rep. Lueck is chief author. There is currently no senate companion bill.
If any of these legislators represent you, make it a point to thank them.
I am being told that we are on pace to send in $95 million dollars in gambling taxes this fiscal year. If that number does not get your attention, I am not sure what will.
If we do not get relief this year, which is a tax bill year, our chances diminish for 2020 as it is not normally a tax bill year. Anything can happen, but we need to make our case this year.
Contact your legislators. Ask your Representative to sign onto the bills. The Senate side is full, no other authors can be added. Ask your Senator to support the bill.
Ours is not a political issue it is a community viability issue. We need both sides of the aisle to support our efforts. If we are not around to support our local communities it will fall on the state to do it.
There are other bills that will be coming out in the next couple of weeks. After that it will be waiting for our bills to be heard in committee.
This is a marathon not a sprint, but we need a good start to create momentum for our initiatives.
Attached you will also find invitations for the 4th Annual ACM Legislative Reception. It is being held at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge hotel on Monday, March 18th from 5 to 7 pm. Invite your legislators to attend. It is a time to talk to them in a social setting.
2019ACM Legislation Invite 1up (1).pdf