Gov. Mark Dayton's $37 billion budget would shave more than half of the state's $6.2 billion deficit over the next two years by increasing income taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans, something he pledged to do during last year's campaign.
According to Dayton's office, 95% of Minnesotans will experience no tax increase under the proposed budget. Dayton proposes a new income tax tier at 10.95% for joint filers over $150,000 and head of household filers over $130,000; and a temporary income surtax of three percent for all filers over $500,000. He also proposed a statewide property tax on home values over $1,000,000.
Dayton also outlined $775 million in cuts for health and welfare programs on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. MinnesotaCare is a state-subsidized health care plan for the working poor, who pay premiums on a sliding scale. It offers less generous benefits than federal health care programs.
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.