Dayton wants jobs and reform legislation in 2012, millionaire tax hike in 2013

Gov. Mark Dayton says the upcoming legislative session will be focused on jobs and government reform, but in 2013 he’s going to keep pushing for a tax increase on those making big bucks.

In an interview with the Star Tribune, Dayton said of the controversial millionaire tax increase, which he campaigned on last year:

“I’m not dropping that. We will come in with it as the lead in to the 2013 session, regardless of the outcome of the election.”

Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch likes Part 1 of that plan:

“I think it’s great. … [it] aligns perfectly with our agenda, which is jobs and reform.”

She and other Republican leaders, though, still oppose the tax hike.

Dayton also said he wants the Legislature to pass a Vikings stadium bill and a $775 million bonding bill early in the session that starts in January.

Again, Republicans aren’t totally on board on the stadium idea, and their idea of a bonding bill is likely to come in at a much lower dollar amount.

So even with the projected state budget surplus, it’ll be another interesting session.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/08/2011 - 09:37 pm.

    If Mark Dayton feels so guilty because of his inherited wealth, he can solve that neurosis by writing a check to his favorite charity for the balance of his net worth.

    That way, people who’ve actually, you know, earned their wealth won’t have it confiscated by someone with issues.

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