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Minnesota House OKs tax bill raising $2.1 billion in new revenue

By Bill Salisbury, Doug Belden and Megan Boldt
Pioneer Press


The Minnesota House has passed a tax bill that could raise revenue $2.1 billion by boosting taxes on high-wage earners, smokers and corporations.

The bill also helps support a development plan pushed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester officials say could bring thousands of jobs to Minnesota.

Representatives passed the bill by a 69-65 vote early Monday morning, May 20.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which was expected to return to session at 11 a.m. It is one of the last major tax and spending bills the Legislature is taking up as it finalizes a $38 billion budget for 2014-15 before the midnight end-of-session deadline.

House Taxes Committee Chair Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, said the income tax increase would make the state's taxes fairer because the wealthiest Minnesotans now pay a smaller share of their income on state and local taxes than middle-class taxpayers.

The top 2 percent of wage earners -- about 54,000 taxpayers -- would pay about $1 billion more under the bill. Their tax rate would go up 2 percentage points to 9.85 percent on taxable incomes over $150,000 for singles and $250,000 for couples. That would give Minnesota the fourth-highest state income-tax rate in the nation.

Republicans warned, though, that the income tax increases would drive some employers out of the state, discourage others from moving here and make it harder for businesses to compete for professional talent.

Cigarette taxes would rise $1.60 per pack, and taxes

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on other tobacco products also would increase sharply. But taxes won't rise for beer, wine or liquor.
"We are closing corporate tax loopholes," Lenczewski said. The bill eliminates $424 million in business tax write-offs, mostly for foreign operations.

Businesses would get an upfront exemption from sales taxes on capital equipment, resulting in an $81 million tax break.

But the bill extends sales taxes for the first time to commercial warehousing and storage services, electronic equipment repair and telecommunications equipment, resulting in a $214 million tax increase for businesses.

Thousands of homeowners and renters would become eligible for property tax refunds for the first time and thousands more would get larger refund checks.

It also provides significant indirect property tax relief. The measure exempts cities and counties from state sales taxes, resulting in $172 million in savings on top of a $130 million increase in state aid to local governments. The bill slaps a 3 percent cap on local property tax levy increases next year.

A backup funding source for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is tucked into the tax bill. It deposits a one-time,$24.5 million cigarette tax windfall into a stadium account and closes a corporate loophole to provide about $20 million a year in future years, if needed. Dayton and lawmakers crafted the backup plan after the main source of stadium funding -- electronic pull and bingo tax revenue -- fell short.

In addition, the bill provides hefty tax breaks to promote Mayo Clinic's $6 billion "Destination Medical Center" economic development project in Rochester, the Mall of America's planned expansion, 3M's planned new research and development facilities in Maplewood and incentives for Baxter Healthcare Group to locate in Brooklyn Park.

http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_2328113...

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$2.1 billion in NEW TAXES. Wow.

Good luck to everyone in MN. You elected these people. Now stand back and watch as your pockets are emptied.
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Smart Liberal wrote:
$2.1 billion in NEW TAXES. Wow.
Good luck to everyone in MN. You elected these people. Now stand back and watch as your pockets are emptied.
Roger Moe must be wiping a tear from his eye, but there are still too many unmet needs for the DFL. They won't be happy until we have taxes like in France, where in 2011, 5000 households paid more than 100% of their incomes in taxes.

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Isn't it interesting that they won't raise taxes on the very "vice", alcohol consumption, that is responsible for more deaths than all of the rest of them, both legal and illegal, combined. And in order to generate more revenue, they are discussing lowering the DUI limit to .05 which will surely affect the bar and restaurant industry in a negative manner.
And that not one dime of that increased revenue from tobacco tax will go towards reducing smoking in this state.
And, that as many times as they have raised taxes on tobacco in this state and others, the rate of smoking never seems to go down in any substantial manner as promised.

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<quoted text>Roger Moe must be wiping a tear from his eye, but there are still too many unmet needs for the DFL. They won't be happy until we have taxes like in France, where in 2011, 5000 households paid more than 100% of their incomes in taxes.
No. They won't be happy until we are all unionized state employees.
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Yeah, anything you cannot see is mythical....like your manhood, cantgetitup !!!! LMAOROFU~!

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And that not one dime of that increased revenue from tobacco tax will go towards reducing smoking in this state.
And, that as many times as they have raised taxes on tobacco in this state and others, the rate of smoking never seems to go down in any substantial manner as promised.
Everyone knows the Libs all say they want smokers to quit but depend on smokers continuing to do the nasty so they can roll those dollars into the Capital.

Hypocrites R Us is the new name for the Democrat Party.
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With the DFL owning State Government 100% it's amazing taxes didn't go up $10,000,000,000.

From what rock did Senator Wiger crawl out from under?
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It's amazing you're still making up numbers and posting lies, 787 NEVER FLY guy....
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Good for Minnesota, just keep taxing your legal citizens and give all the entitlements to illegal's !!

This tax will only hurt the poor, good work MN.

Cigarette taxes would rise $1.60 per pack, and taxes
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Mega Tax MN wrote:
Good for Minnesota, just keep taxing your legal citizens and give all the entitlements to illegal's !!
This tax will only hurt the poor, good work MN.
Cigarette taxes would rise $1.60 per pack, and taxes
While in the military we could buy a carton for $1.50.

Now just the tax on a pack is more than an entire carton cost.
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Quit smoking, dummy. Geez, what a nanny stater.

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