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Mark Dayton says $4 billion per biennium available by taxing the rich

On the same day Gov.

On the same day Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced $1.2 billion in cuts — but no tax increases — as a way to resolve the state’s budget crisis, DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton was in Albert Lea offering his own budget solution at a coffee shop talk.

Raise $4 billion every two years by making “the wealthiest 10 percent pay the same in income taxes as everyone else,” he said Monday, reports the Albert Lea Tribune.

The paper said:

[Dayton] said the wealthiest 10 percent of Minnesotans pay only three-quarters of their proportionate share and the wealthiest 1 percent pay only two-thirds, while the middle class is burdened with the tax load.

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He said Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his supporters have created a regressive tax structure, left the state’s roads and bridges to crumble and, by cutting aid, left municipalities to cut services left and right.

“The solution is raise taxes, but not on everybody,” he said.

Dayton added that the Republicans will muddle his message to make voters think he wants to raise taxes across the board.

He met with 20 voters at The Trumble’s Restaurant in Albert Lea, as part of his 87 counties in 87 days campaign swing.