There are better ways to fight addiction than raising taxes
The opioid crisis has affected thousands of lives. As citizens, we must come together to help those who struggle with addiction.
Minnesota lawmakers are attempting to alleviate opioid addiction, but they are taking the wrong approach. With SF730/HF1440, the Legislature is considering funding opioid response programs by placing an additional per pill tax on certain prescription drugs.
This tax is burdensome to the very people it attempts to help. The Minnesota Legislature has worked for years to remove unnecessary government-imposed costs from the health care system. Now, this new tax would undermine all that work to make health care more affordable.
Minnesotans who fight addiction need our help, but this is not the best way to do it. Legislators should prioritize using funding sources that are already available to get help to those struggling with addiction, instead of imposing additional taxes on necessary medications.
We can take care of those around us effectively and compassionately, but not under the provisions of SF730 and HF1440. Tell legislators on the Senate Finance Committee and House Health and Human Services Finance Committee to vote "no" on this proposal.