Over the last decade, the so-called cross-subsidy has mounted to the point where many, many districts divert some 20 percent of their general-ed funding.
Dayton argued at the Monday press conference that his bill would put more than 20,000 Minnesotans to work.
House and Senate leaders — both Republican and Democrat — said on Friday that they support financing repairs to Minnesota’s historic Capitol building.
The package addresses a regressive tax that’s increased by 86 percent over the last decade. Dayton and the Senate have outlined different approaches toward the same end.
Republicans who back the civil-union plan said they would vote against gay-marriage legislation pushed by Democrats.
Some do, but the last surtax — 7 percent in 1981 — was boosted to 10 percent a year later and then repealed in 1984.
Senate DFL leaders are looking at $2 billion in new taxes to fund increases in education, economic development and property tax relief.
Policymakers now face two key April deadlines for establishing the exchange’s governing board and creating some operating rules.
The “blink-off” proposal would make Minnesota temporarily one of the highest-taxed states in the nation.
Attention shifts now to designing the physical exchange and working out rules and regulations.
Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Katie Sieben confirmed Friday that there’s interest in possibly extending the state sales tax to some services.
Opponents are unhappy that their NRA-backed bill was tacked on to the more-controversial measure.
New revenue would come from a fourth-tier income tax on the wealthy and a tobacco tax hike.
Conferees did agree to add extra legislative oversight provisions to address issues related to accountability.
Republicans are looking for substantive, ideological changes to the exchange’s governing board and conflict-of-interest rules, regulatory model and data privacy practices.
DFL legislative leaders had offered a lukewarm reception to the governor’s sales tax plan since it was released.
The state House passed a health exchange bill Monday night, but it differs with the Senate legislation.
Efforts to approve no-excuse absentee balloting and early voting failed to gain any GOP support this week in a Senate committee.
Budget officials said the report is good news but doesn’t negate the need for increases spending for education, property tax relief and job growth.