Minn. tax hike not a sure thing, even as DFLers take control

Published 9:49 am Monday, November 26, 2012

By Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio News

ST. PAUL — A major overhaul of state tax policy could be in the works next year when the newly elected DFL Legislature arrives at the Capitol.

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to launch the discussion in January when he unveils his plan for making the tax system fairer and simpler. But Dayton’s long-promised income tax increase on top earners could be a tough sell, even with Democrats now in control of the House and Senate.

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The governor’s point man on taxes, Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, has been traveling the state to highlight problems in the current system and collect suggestions about ways to improve it. He has made 140 presentations in 48 cities over the past year.

Frans said that almost everyone he talked to believes the tax code is out of date, and they are particularly concerned that property taxes are too high.

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