In his final budget adjustments, Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday announced he would spend $226 million of the state’s projected $329 million surplus, with an emphasis on school safety and education, transportation infrastructure, expanding broadband and altering taxes to conform to recent changes in federal law.
Dayton’s plan, which he called “almost revenue neutral,” centers on the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and then hinges on many of the governor’s top priorities. “I’m going to warn you in advance,” he said. “This is complicated.”
The governor’s plan includes $20 million in revenue changes – taxes – by reinstating business and industrial property taxes, restoring tobacco and premium cigar taxes, adding new taxes to exempt data centers and ending certain corporate tax reliefs afforded in the federal code. Dayton pitched expanding the Working Family Tax Credit and separating the state income tax system from the federal government’s system by using adjusted gross income instead of federal taxable income – a change that would give 1.9 million Minnesotans an average of $117 in tax relief.
HF3557 would require the Environmental Quality Board to exempt certain trails from mandatory environmental assessment worksheet requirements.
HF2887 would prohibit the Department of Agriculture from adopting new nitrate rules unless they are specifically approved by law.
Military enlistment activities could join the ranks of the several other activities considered legitimate reasons for missing school.
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Gov. Mark Dayton mixed his legacy and final goals with some self-deprecating humor during his final State of the State address Wednesday.
Rep. Kathy Lohmer (R-Stillwater) wants to save voters from future “bait and switch” scenarios.
In the wake of sexual misconduct cases at the University of Minnesota, lawmakers are calling for better reporting and more transparency.
Northeast Minnesota is facing a labor shortage, which a local nonprofit hopes to fix with a little extra state funding.
The latest numbers are a $517 million swing from the November forecast
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