ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll push his plan to raise income taxes on the richest Minnesotans regardless of the state’s budget situation next year.

Asked on a Minnesota Public Radio program Monday how long he would keep the proposal in play, Dayton answered “until I’m not governor anymore.” Dayton’s term runs through 2014 though he says he’ll run for another four years.

He campaigned on a promise to increase taxes on top earners. He says it is as much about leveling the percentage of taxes people pay as it is a way to balance a state budget.

Dayton dropped the tax proposal last year during a government shutdown. Majority legislative Republicans objected to it.

His declaration means the tax debate will be a key feature of fall legislative races.

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Comments (30)
  1. Sam i am says:

    Then expect to not be re-elected.

    1. Sam I aint says:

      Hold on to that dream, buddy…

  2. jimmy says:

    Dayton has aready explained it, ran on it, an won. Please pay attention.

  3. mta says:

    Of course he’ll push that, the slime ball has all of his money in South Dakota

  4. Mary says:

    Is he going to bring all his money back to Minnesota so he can be taxed??

    1. Matt says:

      Are you stupid? He has no control over that money. His father put it there he can not move it. Stop being an idiot.

  5. DougT says:

    Is he still drinking?

    Really and what “good” would it do to tax the successful even more? They can always move to greener places- then who ya going to tax? The “needy”…..

    I mean some [other] places are even warn and sunny too ….

  6. cindy says:

    thats right!!! YOU are rich, I prabably am too (not) Work, pay taxes..Born rich live on family trusts?? no income tax there. What did we do to deserve a gov. like this. Praying for one term!!

    1. jimmy says:

      @cindy–“What did we do to deserve a gov. like this.”

      Thank God we got lucky.

    2. Careful What You Wish For says:

      Thank God that Dayton beat Emmers or we’d really have to listen to you whine!

    3. Sly says:

      Pray all you want for Dayton to be ousted, it’s never gonna happen. While you’re at it, keep praying for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, because that will never happen either.

  7. John says:

    Of course he is going to push for it, the voters of Minnesota voted for him based on the rich paying more. His just doing what we the people elected him to do!

  8. austin says:

    another reason to leave minnesota

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Are you among Minnesota’s wealthiest? Did you get a $27 million dollar bonus from your company last year, while the actual workers made $42,000?

      1. desert eagle .50 says:

        So what’s your point, Mr Detumescent?

        Please be specific.

  9. I know best says:

    hey Dayton why don’t you move your little trust fund into our lovely state of Minnesota has Mr. Govenor??????????????

  10. Goob says:

    The “well to do” should pay their fair share or get the heck out of here. I’m not sure what DAyton considers “well to do” though…

  11. ipmutt says:

    Why. It has no chance of getting passed. Why not try to work something out that will pass. And get off the tax increase horse. We are already in the top 5 most taxed states in the country. Get a grip. Oh that’s right , we are talking about Dayton. OK just go back into hiding.

  12. Jill says:

    -Tax the rich.
    -Give Piggy Wilf half a billion dollars.

    Does anyone else see a disconnect here?

  13. kevin says:


  14. Need2move says:

    Those proclaiming that Dayton received a tax-the-rich mandate from the voters of Minnesota need to remember that his margin of victory was one-half of one percent. The guy just hates upper income earners and wants you to as well. But as others have suggested here, they’ll just move — or worse, will not consider moving here at all.

  15. A Common Man says:

    Why was my prior comment deleted?

  16. SueZ says:

    What is considered rich?

  17. kevin says:


    1. the old nurse says:

      You post so much that you must be one of those lazy no good welfare cheaters. Get a job and get a life

  18. Bubba says:

    Heaven forbid we could be like Wisconsin.

  19. luvs says:

    This has worked so well for Obama. If there are not enough Democrats to pass an agenda like this why even bother?

    1. Blog Ref says:

      He’s laying the ground work for the next election. The vast majority of people in this state wouldn’t fit Dayton’s definition of “rich” and would, therefore, not subject to the tax he’s looking for. It’s a smart move on his part to put this plan out there early. Everyone knows he’ll never get it with the folks in the house/senate now. Dayton is hoping to appeal to those swing voters by reassuring them he only wants to tax the rich. If he can get the house and the senate, his plan will have worked.

  20. G Dog says:

    hell no!! Keep making what’s left of the middle class foot the bill.

    BTW, if you think rich folks provide jobs out of their personal income, you are seriously delusional.

  21. PoliticiansSUX says:

    more class warfare, more class warfare, more class warfare.

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