Guest column: U.S. Rep. Trey Radel - Florida ready to welcome tax- and winter-weary Minnesotans

US Representative Trey Radel

US Representative Trey Radel

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Editor's note:After the announcement of new tax treatment for "snowbirds" in Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers District 19, sent this letter to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dear Gov. Mark Dayton:

I'm writing today to thank you. As a Floridian, I am overjoyed to hear about your plan to raise taxes on Minnesotans, most especially the so-called "snowbirds."

Your proposal gives us a chance to shine here in the Sunshine State. We love to share Southwest Florida with snowbirds from all over the country. We are proud to host or be home to entrepreneurs who invest in our economy, and philanthropists who invest in our community.

It's my sincere hope your plan has just driven many Minnesotans to become year-round residents of our great state, which offers the following:

No income tax.

Great public, charter and private schools.

Excellent opportunities and incentives for investment, for both big and small business.

You make America great, Governor. You show that in this blessed country of ours, each and every state is its own experiment in economic freedom and government overreach. You are illustrating why many of the states throughout our republic, which are keeping taxes low and spending money efficiently, have attracted manufacturing and financial institutions, as well other large and small business owners.

From what I understand, your plan will tax the income of individuals who spend at least 60 days in Minnesota, even if they are full-time residents of another state, like Florida. According to the Minnesota revenue department, this tax is expected to raise $30 million — a drop in the bucket compared to the $37.9 billion of your proposed budget.

If Minnesotans want to get a heavy-handed, overtaxing government out of their pocket, I invite them to pack their bags and relocate right here where white sand beaches, cool blue water and low taxes await.

While here, I'd like to make a few other suggestions of what people can do: Catch a Minnesota Twins or Boston Red Sox spring-training game in Fort Myers; take a walk on a Sanibel beach; buy a large and extremely affordable home in Cape Coral; enjoy the beaches, nightlife and shopping in Naples; head to Marco Island, with beautiful beaches (did I mention those?) and quick access to one of the world's most pristine and fascinating environments, the Everglades.

Again, Governor, I thank you for your policy. It draws the contrast of what is happening not only in United States today, but the world. Your message makes the message of patriotic, liberty-loving Americans shine: All we ask is for local, state and federal governments to spend our money efficiently and wisely. We want economic taxing decisions to be made based on what is fair and reasonable, not based on anger or emotion.

Economic freedom coupled with a limited, efficient government has made this country strong for generations and provided more opportunity than any place on Earth for more than 200 years. In Florida, we hope to carry on that tradition, and in Southwest Florida, we look forward to seeing many more Minnesotans in the near future.

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