Dayton vows to renew push to raise taxes of wealthiest Minnesotans

Gov. Mark Dayton told a University of Minnesota audience resistance to paying more in taxes will be "the death of this country if it's not corrected." Dayton says he'll work again to raise taxes paid by the wealthiest two percent of Minnesotans. Republican resistance to that plan was at the center of the stalemate that produced last year's government shutdown.
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Governor Mark Dayton says he will again push to raise the income taxes paid by the wealthiest two percent of Minnesotans, adding that the resistance to paying more taxes could be "the death of this country if it's not corrected." Dayton offered no specifics but said he plans to roll out a new tax proposal in December.

The comment came during a wide-ranging discussion at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, in which the governor also touched on issues from business retention to health care to Cuba. MPR has the audio of the speech and follow-up interview.

Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans is the administration's point man in developing a tax overhaul proposal. In stops around the state -- including one in New Ulm this week -- Frans is listening to feedback and ideas for simplifying a state tax code he says is one of the most complicated in the country.

In 2011 Gov. Dayton proposed raising taxes on the top five percent of Minnesota earners. That started a budget standoff with Republican opponents that led state government to shut down that summer.

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