Contact Us

Dayton Floats Smaller Tax Hike; GOP Not Interested

Governor Mark Dayton
Governor's Office handout photo

ST. PAUL  (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton says he is willing to meet the Republican Legislature halfway with a smaller income tax increase as end-of-session budget talks begin.

The Democratic governor outlined a new proposal Monday, raising the level for a new top-tier income tax bracket and dropping a property tax on homes worth more than $1 million.

Dayton says he won’t go beyond the offer and it’s up to lawmakers to make the next move.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch say they firmly rejected the idea of any tax increases during a 40-minute meeting with Dayton.

The talks come with one week left before the Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn.

Lack of a budget deal would lead to a special session and potential state government shutdown.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Best of WJON

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wjon.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Register on AM 1240 WJON quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a member? Sign up here

Register on AM 1240 WJON quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The WJON VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.