Rep. Paul Thissen
The stage is set for a tax showdown at the state Capitol.
Republicans in the Minnesota House passed a sweeping $2 billion tax relief plan on Wednesday that they say is sharply focused on middle class taxpayers.
At a rally outside the capitol Saturday, activists say with a $2 billion surplus, now is the time to invest in education. Republicans want to use the surplus to lower taxes.
The top Minnesota House Democrat says it will take a long-term transportation funding plan with new revenue to win support from his side of the political aisle. Rep. Paul Thissen told reporters Friday that an initial proposal majority House Republicans have put on the table is “not adequate” for addressing the state’s road, bridge and mass transit needs.
A political coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase in Minnesota is rallying in the Capitol rotunda as the new legislative session gets underway. House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are scheduled to speak at the Tuesday event sponsored by the Raise the Wage Coalition.