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Continued: Dayton eyes tax cuts with projected $1 billion state surplus

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 6, 2013 - 6:48 AM

“Democrats are doing a victory lap because the state has more money,” said House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown. “We can’t … say the finish line is behind us. I don’t know if we’re even halfway there.”

He and other Republicans said the surplus proves that the DFLers raised too much in taxes.

The money, Hann said, shouldn’t be in government hands, it “should be back in the economy.”

Dayton took direct aim at Republican critics who hammered his tax proposal.

The governor noted that he ran — and won — on a pledge to balance the budget fairly and that his tax proposal had strong public support.

“Critics claimed this balanced fiscal approach would have a chilling effect on Minnesota’s economy,” Dayton said. “Today’s forecast proves those critics wrong.”


Staff writers Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Jennifer Brooks contributed to this report.

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