Gov. Mark Dayton's sales tax proposal is attracting attention for how it would lower the tax rate but expand it to more services. In addition to people and businesses, the tax changes would apply to cities and counties, which also have to pay the sales tax. Some officials say expanding the sales tax to services would put a dent in their budgets.
The Minnesota House voted to expand Medical Assistance to cover more low income and disabled people.
Legislators are being asked to pass a bill that would require public officials to disclose more about where they earn their money. The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board voted Monday to encourage the Legislature to pass tougher economic disclosure laws. A proposal backed by the board would require officials to make public their consulting interests and details about income earned by their spouses.
Some Republicans are pining for a repeat campaign for Minnesota governor by former state Rep. Tom Emmer.
Some state lawmakers say questions the wisdom of financing public improvements around the Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion in Rochester. The health care provider announced a plan this week for investments totaling more than $5 billion over the next two decades that rely on about a half a billion dollars in taxpayer money. Even Gov. Mark Dayton expressed concern about the precedent it would set, but he said he doesn't want Minnesota to lose the clinic's headquarters.
The Mayo Clinic is proposing to invest $5 billion in Rochester and surrounding communities to build what the health provider is calling a "Destination Medical Center."
Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature blasted the Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan today because they say it would force middle income Minnesotans to pay more in sales taxes. Dayton disputes the claim and says that by lowering property taxes and the sales tax rate he is creating a fair playing field for all Minnesotans.
A two percent across-the-board pay hike for state employees is one step closer to reality.
If Gov. Mark Dayton was hoping Minnesota newspapers would endorse his tax plan on their editorial pages, he may be disappointed. Dayton faced criticism on his budget proposal Thursday when he gave a speech to the Minnesota Newspaper Association at its annual convention in Bloomington.
The Minnesota Senate has confirmed two of Gov. Dayton's appointments.
Committees in the Minnesota Legislature will start holding hearings Wednesday on the plan that overhauls the state's tax code, erases the projected budget deficit and increases spending by $1 billion.
Calling for an end to "gimmicks and fiscal games," Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed an overhaul of Minnesota's tax and budget system that would raise hundreds of millions more from high-income taxpayers and high-dollar clothing sales, and pump much of the new money into education and property tax relief.
Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to release his budget proposal on Tuesday, and his key advisers are suggesting that the plan will mark a cultural change in Minnesota government. But Dayton, who has not been shy about calling for higher taxes, will be laying out an agenda that could put him in a politically dicey position.
At a dinner Wednesday evening, a top aide to Gov. Mark Dayton urged business leaders to work with the governor to fix the state's long-term budget problems and assuage a mostly anti-tax audience leery of what the DFL majority may do in the upcoming session.
At least some members of the business community appear to be softening their hard line stance against tax increases.