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.
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