The governor says he's sympathetic to the financial plight of Minnesota's counties, but they should not expect any help from the state's newly discovered budget surplus. Those funds will go to state reserves and maybe to schools but will not restore cuts in aid to counties. That'll keep more upward pressure on property taxes.
Minnesota Senate passes GOP tax relief measures along party-lines
After two and a half hours of debate Friday, Republican Senators agreed to reduce and eventually eliminate the state’s property tax on businesses and give married couples an income tax break. The $100 million dollars in tax revenue would be covered with the state’s budget reserves. The House has passed companion legislation, but there are several differences. Gov. Mark Dayton does not support the proposal.