Candidates for Governor discuss Provider tax

Minnesota's Gubernatorial candidates weigh in on the issue.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 9:26 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2018 9:27 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Midterm election day is less than a week away and candidates are campaigning until the last minute.

Today, Minnesota's Republican candidate for Governor Jeff Johnson is talking to Rochester residents about why he opposes a soon to expire tax law.

It's called the provider tax, here's how it works.
The state taxes providers like whole sale drug distributors, hospitals and surgical centers to help fund MinnesotaCare.
It’s a program that helps low income people with health care needs.
That tax will expire next in 2019.

“I was in the legislature 16 years ago and back then there was a bipartisan belief this was not a good idea,” said Johnson .

He adds the tax isn't effective and the burden is passed on to the sick.
If he's elected, he will not extend the provider tax.
His opponent US Congressman Tim Walz will do the opposite. Walz says if he's elected, he will extend the provider tax.

"Any Minnesotan who needs healthcare should be able to buy-in to MinnesotaCare for a high-quality, affordable option. I will work to responsibly finance MinnesotaCare by extending the provider tax. This will also continue funding for important programs that help prevent chronic disease and keep down health care costs in the first place."

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