Gov. Dayton Proposes a Tax Overhaul: What Do You Think?
Take our poll; then click on to our Patch stories below to see what legislators and others are saying.
Gov. Mark Dayton this week unveiled a proposed state budget and tax plan that would, among other things, lower Minnesota's sales tax from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent but broaden it to cover more items such as higher-priced clothing, car repairs and other services.
In his quest to avoid a projected $1.1 billion revenue shortfall, Dayton said his plan also includes raising the income on some groups of taxpayers (such as the state's 2 percent of highest-income earners). He is proposing to reduce property taxes and cut the corporate tax rate on businesses. (To see a Patch story and UpTake video of Dayton's speech, click on this link.)
Bottom line: The governor said he wants to provide property tax relief, boost funding for K-12 education, stimulate job creation and create a fairer tax system.
But does Dayton's plan really do that? The day after the dust began to settle on his proposals, the governor was facing plenty of skeptics.
"This patch work of finding creative ways to gain more revenue just shows that the whole tax system needs to be redone," contended Tim Roche, CEO of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce, whose membership includes businesses in Roseville, Arden Hills, Blaine, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Mounds View, New Brighton, Shoreview and Spring Lake Park.
What do you think? Does the governor's plan make sense? Is it bad or good? Goes too far? Or not far enough. Tell us what you think in the poll below.
Meanwhile, Patch editors are gathering reaction from legislators and others from around the metro. Below are links to some of the stories from around the metro: