Recently the U.S. Census Bureau listed Minnesota as the fourth highest taxed state.  Just a few years ago, we had gotten out of the top ten.  Jim Knoblach believes we need to restrain state taxes and spending so people have more money to spend on themselves, which will help our economy more than additional government spending.  Jim supported using the budget surplus to cut taxes, reform our tax system, and provide property tax relief.  Jim also successfully supported an increase in the size of the state’s budget reserve so we have a cushion if the economy turns down.