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Gov. Dayton takes business-to-business tax out of his budget

Recasting his budget after the favorable forecast, Dayton says the much-derided B2B taxes are out.

Gov. Mark Dayton said in a speech Friday morning that he’s taking the controversial business-to-business tax — which had been much villified by many executives  — off the table.

Speaking to the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at a St. Louis Park hotel, Dayton brought much relief to many business leaders there. State officials said it would have added $2.2 billion in state revenue by taxing business services such as advertising and legal advice.

MPR reported that Dayton said his initial budget proposal “obviously lacked public support” and that now “it lacks mine.”

Dayton has been working to revise his proposed state budget after officials released an improved budget forecast last week.

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Dayton’s new budget is expected to be announced next week.