Minnesota Sales Tax Increase Repeal (2012)

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The Minnesota Sales Tax Increase Repeal Measure did not make the November 2012 ballot in Minnesota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure proposed repealing the 2008 Minnesota Sales Tax Increase or "Legacy Amendment." The measure was promoted by Minnesota Voters Alliance in conjunction with the North Star Tea Party Patriots and the Northern Liberty Alliance.[1]

The ballot measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives by Mark Buesgens (R), Tom Hackbarth (R), Ron Shimanski (R), and Branden Petersen (R).

Text of measure

Repeal measure

The repeal measure would have been presented to voters as follows:[2]

"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove the sales and use tax rate increase of three-eighths of one percent that began July 1, 2009, and is dedicated to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater until the year 2034?"

Measure to be repealed

The text of the 2008 Minnesota Sales Tax Increase as it appeared on the ballot read as follows:[3]

"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?"

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Minnesota Constitution

In order to refer proposed amendments to the ballot they must be agreed on by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature. The 2012 legislative session ended before the measure was passed on to the ballot.

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