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Severson has advice for Minnesota businesses: Head for the border

You'd be better off in Wisconsin, says a western Wisconsin legislator in an open letter addressed yesterday to Minnesota businesses.

Rep. Erik Severson (R-Osceola), who represents part of St. Croix County, says Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal shows Minnesota's businesses are more welcome in Wisconsin.

"I believe it is important to outline the options for businesses in Minnesota by letting them know that here in Wisconsin we value job creators," said Severson. "Gov. Dayton's budget proposal, especially his tax on business-to-business transactions, will put a stress on businesses and reveals that Wisconsin is a better place to do business."

In his letter, Severson outlined the different approaches being taken by Minnesota and Wisconsin to close their budget deficits.

Dayton's proposal calls for a $2.1 billion sales tax increase to eliminate a $1.1 billion deficit. By contrast, said Severson, Wisconsin turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a $484 million surplus in just two years without raising taxes.

"We are moving Wisconsin forward by promoting job growth through lower taxes on families and small businesses," said Severson. "I would encourage all business owners, small and large, to take a close look at Gov. Dayton's proposal and decide if the cost of doing business in Minnesota is too high.

"If that's the case, I am ready and willing to help businesses make the move across the river into Wisconsin."

Severson's letter provides business owners with the Wisconsin Jobs Hotline number, 1-855-854-5627, as well as his personal office number, 1-608-267-2365, for those who are interested in relocating.