GOP Rips Dayton Budget As ‘Feeble’; Dems Defend

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal is getting a harsh assessment from legislative Republicans who will determine its fate, with the governor’s Democratic allies voicing philosophical support.

Reaction Tuesday centered largely on Dayton’s call for new taxes on wealthy Minnesotans to plug a budget hole.

Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers said he was taken aback by the “epic” size of the tax hike for those with six-figure incomes. He described it as a “feeble and pathetic” approach.

The GOP will set out on a Wednesday flyaround to criticize the plan.

Leaders of the House and Senate Democratic minorities praised Dayton for promoting tax fairness with his emphasis on wealth taxes. But neither Sen. Tom Bakk nor Rep. Paul Thissen committed to voting for the proposal if it comes before them.

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  1. John says:

    Hard to believe. Republicans againt a tax raise on the wealthy. Republicans against tax raises for the weathy. Democrates want to give everything for free to the Poor or those choosing to not work. Let’s just keep making the Middle class pay for everything. Soon the middle class will be in the low income group and then who will they tax??????????

  2. HERB says:

    Money is GOD to most republicans. They will never willingly give up a dime of their money to taxes. So who will pay for the infrastructure, social services, the disabled, the disadvantaged? The middle class and the poor of course, that is SOP during a republican controlled administration. There is no fair and balanced way to craft a state budget as long as those who are taking the most profit from the people of Minnesota (Repubican corp owners and shareholders) do not pay their fair percentage of the state budget, as is the case right now. Regardless of how much they pay now, it is not even close to the percentage of income that a middle class (shrinking) bread winner pays. The spin machine will offer the same lies that they always do and Republicans will continue to reap massive profits on the backs of those least able to afford it!

    1. John says:

      It won’t be the Poor paying. The poor gets more back than they pay in.

  3. mIKE says:

    iT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE TAX CODE SO EVERYONE HAS TO PAY IN. WHENEVER THERE IS A TAX INCREASE EVERYONE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO COMPLAIN, EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN GETTING BUY WITHOUT PAYING TAXES CURRENTLY.

  4. Skeezer says:

    Cats and dogs in Saint Paul. How ’bout we get some work done instead of this BS tail chasing.

  5. B says:

    Republicans should pay higher taxes they voted in the guy the last 2 terms who put this state 6.2 billion dollars in debt good job Pawlenty just imagine of that guy gets president

  6. Paul says:

    maybe the rebublicans should learn to play fair and share like the rest of us if not than we will have to put a “user fee on the rich” you know its NOT a tax it’s a user fee as you always have called your taxes on the poor and middle class !! Rebublicans Grow Up and Try To Work With The Democrates it is the ONLY way we will ALL PROSPER!!!!!~!

  7. Jon says:

    Let’s tax the hell out of the less fortunate,sounds like the republican way.

  8. Tom says:

    Well the Republicans can sit their complain but what is their alternative? They don’t have one. It’s too point to where when they say we will roll out our budget plan and when they do there is no surprises because it is the same one they have been rolling out for the last few years. Lets just face it the Republicans have made a decision that they will the throw the bottom 95% of the cliff to protect the top 5% because they still believe that is the answer.

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