Minnesota House Democrats unveil the outline of their proposed state budget this morning (1015am), and it will almost certainly be based on controversial tax increases — something Republicans say are not necessary, given the state’s 1.6-billion-dollar budget surplus and billions more coming from the American Rescue Act. House Tax Committee Chair, Dilworth Democrat Paul Marquart responds:

“Our (budget) forecast, and what we’re getting from the federal government, that isn’t what should set our priorities.   Let’s look at what the needs are of this state. That has to come first.”

Democrats are backing the governor’s call for a top-bracket income tax increase.   Republicans warn it would hurt economic growth and say they’ll block any tax hikes.