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Republicans propose big tax cut; Dems say it’s too much for the rich

By: - February 24, 2022 2:09 pm

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Minnesota Senate Republicans rolled out a proposal Thursday to reduce the first-tier income tax rate from 5.35% to 2.8% and eliminate state tax on Social Security benefits.

The bill would cost the state $8.51 billion over the next three years, according to Senate GOP.

“Our surplus means just one thing: Government took too much money from the taxpayers, and it’s time to give it back,” said Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller.

House Taxes Chair Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said the GOP tax proposal is tilted to the rich: “Democrats don’t think millionaires and billionaires need a tax cut. This year, we are focused on providing help to workers, families, and senior citizens who need it the most.”

Anyone who pays income taxes — including the wealthy — would receive a break under the Republican plan because everyone currently pays 5.35% on the first $41,050.

That means workers who make less would receive a smaller break.

The most progressive tax cut would be a reduction in the sales tax because poorer people pay a larger percentage of their income in sales taxes than more affluent Minnesotans. Also, inflation is causing people to pay more in sales tax on many consumer goods.

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J. Patrick Coolican
J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican is Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Reformer. Previously, he was a Capitol reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for five years, after a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan and time at the Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Times and a few other stops along the way. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two young children