Mark Dayton clarifies comments about tax breaks for career military veterans

Here are the two sides on the Dayton/Veterans story:

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton and Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb today released a new video of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton telling a Hibbing veteran that he would oppose ‘a little tax break’ for career military veterans if elected governor.  The comments were captured Tuesday evening on video by a Party staffer who attended the event at the Hibbing VFW. 

“How out of touch can Mark Dayton possibly be?  In Hibbing on Tuesday evening, this trust fund baby told a military veteran that he would oppose ‘a little tax break’ for career military veterans if he were elected governor.  While Governor Pawlenty has been a tireless advocate for veterans and military families, it’s clear that Dayton would not continue that tradition,” Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton said.

DFLer Mark Dayton replied: 

I began by saying that the Gentleman probably would not like my answer — but that with the state facing a $6 Billion deficit, I could not support an additional tax cut, (beyond the $750 tax credit veterans with 20 years military service or with a disability received in 2009).   In no way did I say or imply that I would take away any existing benefits, tax credits, or deductions.  Nor did I say or imply that I would raise anyone’s taxes.  I went on to state that I believed disability benefits should not be taxed in any way.

Unlike the Republican Candidate, Tom Emmer, I will not offer tax cut bribes to special groups of people, as Representative Emmer did this week to restaurant servers.  I believe in the principle that all Minnesotans should pay their fair share of taxes, based upon their taxable incomes.  However, I promise that I will not alter or take away existing state tax credits, deductions, or exemptions for veterans or any other Minnesotans.  The only people whose taxes I intend to raise are the richest 10%. 

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