2/7/2013 10:23:00 AM Rep. Hamilton concerned about Dayton's proposed tax hike
Last night, Gov. Mark Dayton delivered his annual State of the State address on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) said the governor used a good share of his time to try and convince the public about his budget proposal.
"I'm trying to keep an open mind about the governor's budget plan, but my initial concern is that more than two thirds of his proposed tax increases would make the greatest impact on those who are not wealthy," Hamilton said.
Gov. Dayton wants to increase state spending by $2.5 billion dollars, and increase taxes by $3.7 billion to fund an expanded government.
Regarding the tax increases, $1.1 billion would be raised through higher income taxes on married couples making more than $250,000 a year and individuals making $150,000. $370 million would be collected by raising the cigarette tax by nearly $1 per pack, and $2.1 billion would be raised through new sales taxes on goods and services throughout the state.
If the governor's plan becomes law, area residents would pay sales tax on certain clothing purchases, car repairs, over the counter medications, internet purchases, and haircuts, to name a few. Hamilton said there are dozens of goods and services that are not being taxed now that would be under the Dayton plan.
For more on this story, see the Feb. 13 Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.