ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A House panel has passed a Republican-backed tax bill that would cut income taxes for Minnesotans, but could lead to property tax increases.

The Minnesota House Taxes Committee passed the bill Saturday.

It would lower income tax rates on low- and middle-income Minnesotans, but it also reduces state aid to Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has criticized the proposal. He’s calling for an income tax hike on top earners.

Lawmakers in both chambers are facing an internal deadline of next Friday to finish bills for all areas of the state budget. The state faces a $5 billion budget deficit.

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Comments (11)
  1. Joel says:

    I would love to know how I can have my life terminated for the Absolute happiness of the Republican Party. The have absolutely pure hatred for all human rights, and expecially the right to life, liberty and happiness. They already taken my right to believe in GOD, to go to church and receive communion, since 2000, nor they want to take our homes.

    1. gail says:

      What? you don’t even make sense. Are you on narcotics or alcohol while you typed this? Your statement is not only lacking complete sentences, it’s contradictory.

  2. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    Lets eliminate all state aid to Rochester too while we’re at it. And any other city deemed ‘republican’ at the same time. They seem to hate the government so they should be quite happy to make a go of it without any state government money.

  3. Tom says:

    Wow Joel, you are real confused as to who is taking away your freedoms. Public education really has done you a disservice.

  4. Jackel says:

    -Can you say VETO!

    -Thanks God our man Dayton is in the house!!

    1. Wesly says:

      @ Tom
      What Joel said has some truths to it.
      The Republican want you to be employed at the whim of management as they are anti union
      If you said something wrong they can throw you in jail with the Patriot Act
      If your God is somewhere other than the Jewish or Christian they treat you like a terrorist.
      If you bought a nice home and are lower or middle class thanks to the Republican cuts to cities and schools, property taxes are going dramatically up.
      If he wanted education beyond high school, it is now very expensive with not much of a certainty of a decent paying job with even an associates degree.

      I don’t want to speculate why he can’t have communion. But nobody is totally with messes they create for themselves

      1. Kahar says:

        Come on Tom and Wesly, admit it, you are roomates in the silly farm.

  5. Mike says:

    Wow, being brain dead must really hurt. A very confused individual

  6. gail says:

    I couldn’t believe that Republicans are voting for giving the lower income people more breaks! They already are freely given so much at the expense of the taxpayers. And Dayton is against this? Unbelievable. Although I don’t agree with raising property taxes again, I don’t believe in soaking the rich either to pay for so many entitled, victimized poor folk. If you happen to be poor, you live without luxuries, but even that’s not happening anymore. Now they all are entitled to have nice tv’s, stereos, new clothes, etc. I did without growing up and that was okay, I’m not your typical entitled person.

  7. Helper says:

    Gail must spend lots of time on her knees!

  8. Tom says:

    What a bunch of idiots!

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