As reaction to tax plan filters in, Dayton says he'll hit road to promote it


Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters he learned something in the first 24 hours after proposing a state budget and tax overhaul. "Everyone is for change," says the governor,"as long as it doesn't happen to them."

The Associated Press reports Dayton plans to take to the road, promoting his package of tax changes to chambers of commerce and service organizations around Minnesota.

Dayton's pitch for the plan is already underway inside the Capitol. But MPR reports that in the early going some key lawmakers, even in Dayton's own DFL party, are noticeably non-commital about his proposals.

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is a staunch advocate of balancing budgets by cutting spending rather than increasing tax revenue. Even so, Twin Cities Business reports the state chamber found some things to like in Dayton's plan, which the group reviewed in a webinar on Wednesday.

Expanding the state sales tax to more goods and services looks to be the most controversial piece of Dayton's package of suggestions. Retailers were already speaking out against applying the sales tax to clothing. But since Dayton's budget speech Tuesday, the Star Tribune reports many in the corporate world are fighting against taxing "business-to-business" services. Those taxes would affect attorneys, accountants, architects, and ad agencies among others.

The governor's plan is also getting scrutinized by local governments, particularly the counties in the Twin Cities area. That's where Dayton has proposed a sales tax increase to pay for transit improvements.

And news organizations are turning their microscopes to Dayton's proposals, as well. MPR looked at which cities would benefit most from increases in local government aid. WCCO looked around the country to put Minnesota's sales tax in perspective. And Forum News Service reports state-sponsored health insurance coverage would expand.

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