YMCA, YWCA and Jewish Community Center memberships are on the list of items that would be newly taxed under Dayton's plan, which would also reduce the sales tax rate from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent.
But memberships in veterans' organizations are expressly excluded on the list that was shared with the Capitol press corps Friday. Revenue commissioner Myron Frans explained that Ys and JCCs are treated as athletic clubs, while veterans' organizations serve communities in ways that the administration prefers not to burden with taxation.
When I was schooled in Capitol coverage years ago, I was taught that Minnesota politicians have great difficulty saying no to this state's military veterans. I'd say that pattern holds.