State lawmakers will be back in their home districts this week, talking to constituents about the budget during their Easter/Passover break.
Gov. Mark Dayton held a town hall meeting before a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people in Duluth last night, to make the case for a budget plan that includes a tax hike on the wealthy and spending in education and other programs.
Another piece of the state budget puzzle fell into place Wednesday as Democrats in the Minnesota Senate released their framework for erasing a projected $627 million deficit while also increasing overall spending by $1.4 billion.
Democrats in the Minnesota House want the state's wealthiest residents to temporarily pay an income tax surcharge to eliminate a funding delay to state schools.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll be traveling throughout the state in the coming weeks to let Minnesotans know that he has a sound proposal for the state budget.
DFL legislative leaders say they plan to release their spending targets for the next two-year budget this week.
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking Minnesota's wealthiest citizens to pay more than a billion dollars in new income taxes in order to boost state funding for schools and colleges by nearly $900 million.
Gov. Mark Dayton has no plans to capitulate on his proposal to raise income taxes on top earners to erase the state's projected $627 million deficit and provide more money for education.
Gov. Mark Dayton says his revised budget plan will include the same spending increases for education and economic development as his original proposal from six weeks ago, but he's hinting that the $500 property tax rebate from his first plan is likely to be scrapped.
The top Democrat in the Minnesota Senate says he thinks the state sales tax can still be expanded to some business transactions.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton hinted strongly Tuesday that he plans to ease up on his plan to tax transactions between businesses.
This legislative session could be a good one for Minneapolis and St. Paul: With DFLers in control at the Capitol, Minnesota's two largest cities see opportunities to get more state money for their local priorities.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that the state's improved financial picture will allow him to go back to the drawing board and perhaps curtail some of his tax proposals.
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The February economic forecast shows a $463 million improvement from November, when the projected deficit for the next biennium was at $1.1 billion.
Gov. Mark Dayton's sweeping proposal to overhaul Minnesota's taxes and raise about $2 billion in new revenue got its first public hearing last Wednesday night. The plan to raise income taxes on top earners and expand the sales tax while reducing property taxes drew passionate reactions.