ST. CLOUD -- State Representative State Gottwalt of St. Cloud says Governor Dayton's plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans will hurt small business owners.

Dayton campaigned on a pledge to raise taxes on the highest earners, in an effort to balance the state's $6.2 billion budget deficit.  He didn't shy away from that plan during a speech last (Thursday) night in front of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  Republicans gained control of both the State House and Senate on a campaign of balancing the budget through no tax increases, and mostly budget cuts.

Meanwhile, State Representative King Banaian of St. Cloud is lukwarm to the idea of putting together a bonding bill this session.  He says it has to be a low priority.

Normally, the State Legislature only does a bonding bill in the even numbered years, and they work on balancing the state budget in the odd numbered years.   However, they did put together a bonding bill in both 2009 and 2007.

The WJON Legislative Review program will air in the 9:00 a.m. hour every Friday through the State Legislative session.  Next week's guests are Representative's Tim O'Driscoll and Larry Hosch.