MN Legislature Debating Dayton’s Tax Rebate Proposal

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 7:01 am

The possibility of a $500 tax rebate for every Minnesota homeowner is provoking much legislative debate in St. Paul.  The proposal was set forth by Gov. Mark Dayton’s in his budget last week.

Dayton’s plan for giving 1.5 million homeowners a tax break beginning next year was a hot topic Tuesday as legislative committees examined the governor’s broader tax package.

The Associated Press reports that Republicans have accused Dayton of an election-year ploy and say there is nothing to stop local governments from eroding the tax relief with levy hikes. Democratic leaders at the Capitol say they’re not wedded to the idea of an across-the-board rebate, which would provide direct relief on the first $500 of a property owner’s bill.

Dayton responded that the GOP’s criticism is “crass,” and says he’s responding to a top tax concern among the public.

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