By Brian Lambert | 05:43 am
Brett Neely of MPR writes: “A committee hearing over legislation introduced by 3rd District Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen to repeal a tax on medical devices turned heated Thursday as Republicans and Democrats took turns re-litigating the fight over the 2010 health care law. While many Democrats on the panel said they were uncomfortable with the tax and would be happy to see it reduced or eliminated, in the end only Democratic Reps. Ron Kind of Wisconsin and Shelley Berkley of Nevada joined all of the Republicans present to vote 23-11 in favor of eliminating the tax. Repealing the tax, which goes into effect next year, has been Paulsen's biggest legislative goal since 2010, when he introduced his first bill to repeal the tax not long after President Obama signed the measure into law. Minnesota is home to a number of medical device companies, including Medtronic, and Paulsen has become their strongest advocate in Congress. … Republicans did not offer a plan to pay for the estimated $29 billion cost of eliminating the tax, a move that prompted intense criticism from Democrats.”
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By Brian Lambert | 05:43 am
By Derek Brigham
Here is the link to the new 2012 Redistricting LInes. So, how is your neighborhood looking to you for the next 10 years?
By Congressman Erik Paulsen
Want to hear about the latest tax proposal from President Obama? It seems the Obama administration's idea of tax reform is to get the government into the business of preparing tax returns. The Obama Administration has embraced the idea of the "Simple Return" - where the IRS prepares your tax returns and sends you the tax bill.
Allowing the IRS to do your tax return is like asking the fox to guard the hen house. This proposal would require a massive expansion of the IRS. The IRS would face a conflict of interest between collecting the most taxpayer dollars possible and fairly filling out tax returns. Currently, the burden to challenge a tax return rests on the IRS. This proposal would place the burden on the taxpayer to challenge the IRS if they disagree with the IRS' prepared return.
The only thing simple about the "Simple Return" is the way it simply fleeces taxpayers. That's why I am cosponsoring H.R. 2528 which would prohibit the IRS from getting into the business of preparing tax returns. We cannot allow the IRS from further intruding into the lives of regular citizens.
We have a special election in SD 46, which includes part of Brooklyn Park & Brooklyn Center. Please check your schedule & let us know when you can help your neighbors & fellow Minnesotans. Each seat we gain in the MN Senate & House, brings us one step closer to having a veto proof majority & the ability to get legislation like 21st Century Voter ID passed without the Governor's obstruction. 80% of MNs want Voter ID.
Cory Jensen is a quality candidate, he is pro business, pro family & for smaller government. Get out the vote phone calling is crucial to Cory Jensen's success in this race, as the Democrats turned out in greater numbers in the primary. We really need to make sure all Republicans in this District get out & vote. Historically Republicans have won the last 2 special elections in this Senate District.
Cory can win this & with your help!
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By Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jim Gerlach
At a time when our greatest priority needs to be creating jobs for our unemployed citizens, the government is on the verge of implementing a new medical device excise tax that will eliminate more than 40,000 well-paying jobs and imperil America’s global competitiveness in one of our leading industrial and technological sectors.
When asked earlier this year in a House committee hearing about the new tax on medical devices that will take effect in 2013, the secretary of Health and Human Services called the $20 billion tax “modest” and said, essentially, that it was so inconsequential that it would barely be noticed.
Now, we have verification of the damage this measure will do. A new study by two noted economists — one who was a former chief economist of the Labor Department and the other who was previously the chief economist of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — has found that, under reasonable assumptions, the medical device excise tax will result in 43,000 lost jobs and $3.5 billion in vanished wages and benefits. That’s a tremendous blow to a reeling economy.
This may be the most anti-innovation piece of legislation to come along in some time. The tax hits well-established companies and startup businesses that are suffering losses in their initial years while they invest heavily in the research and development of their first innovation for patients.
Thanks to this tax, companies could be forced to close factories in this country and look overseas where foreign governments are extremely eager to jump-start their high-tech sectors.
In worst-case scenarios, those potentially lifesaving and life-changing medical devices might never find their way to hospital beds and operating rooms.
The new device tax hits Americans in two extremely painful ways.