Rep. Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the liberal vision for the nation's finances Wednesday. He says it creates jobs and lowers the deficit by increasing taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals and raising the cost of carbon to pay for new roads, bridges, transit, energy and water projects, as well as job training programs.
The budget contemplates raising $1.2 trillion in revenue over the next decade by raising the tax rate on households with over $250,000 in income and raising another $1.2 trillion by raising the cost of carbon. Another trillion would come from taxing financial transactions.
Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville, said at a Monday news conference that a constituent had contacted her after receiving a voter registration form from MNsure, the state-run health insurance exchange, even though the person in question is already registered to vote and does not purchase health insurance through MNsure.