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%.