The Republican Party has called on Independence Party candidate Tom Horner to run his budget plan past Minnesota Department of Revenue’s analysts.
GOP Chairman Tony Sutton said in a statement: “Tom Horner repeatedly tells the public that he has a detailed plan to balance the state’s budget. But the fact is that Tom Horner offers only a few details about how he will raise taxes by more than $2 billion and none of the details have been independently verified. We learned yesterday that Mark Dayton’s plan to raise $4 billion is $2 billion short, and that Dayton now is seeking ‘suggestions’ for more tax increases. Minnesotans want to know whether Tom Horner’s tax plan is accurate or also flawed like Dayton’s.”
Sutton’s letter to Horner is here (PDF).
In response, Horner spokesman Matt Lewis released a statement saying that Horner’s budget plan is based on on “publicly available data” from the Department of Revenue and the nonpartisan Minnesota House of Representatives research department.
Lewis added: “Per the agreement of the three gubernatorial candidates, we have asked the Department of Revenue to confirm that those estimates are accurate and will report the findings as soon as they are available to us.”
Later, Lewis said the Horner campaign spoke by phone today with the Revenue Department and that staff there “confirmed that the campaign’s numbers … are within the parameters offered in [its] Minnesota Works budget plan.”