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Continued: Minnesota House DFLers want temporary tax hike to repay schools

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 19, 2013 - 11:59 PM

Avoiding a showdown

Senate Democrats are scheduled to release their own budget outline on Wednesday, laying out their priorities for the rest of the legislative session.

Thissen said that if state leaders had not cut income taxes for high earners years ago, the state probably would not have needed to borrow from schools in the first place. So targeting that group to repay schools is fair, Thissen said.

Sidestepping a confrontation over the tax surcharge proposal, the Dayton administration opted to focus on where House Democrats would like to spend the money.

“It is clear the House DFL shares our priorities of investing in education and job creating measures; the governor looks forward to looking at their proposal in detail,” said Katharine Tinucci, a Dayton spokeswoman.

The governor heads to Duluth on Wednesday to stump for his own budget proposal.


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