Over 700-million-dollar increase for K-12 education in Minnesota… 323 million more for health and human services programs… 120 million increase for higher education — top categories in House Democrat’s proposed state budget. It will include tax cuts in some areas, says committee chairman Paul Marquart from Dilworth:
“There’ll certainly be tax cuts to individuals and small businesses on the P-P-P (Paycheck Protection Program) and unemployment insurance, and aid. And we’re going to pay for that with progressive, ongoing revenue that’s gonna create more fairness and level the playing field.”
Marquart is talking about a top-bracket income tax increase, which Senate Republicans say they will not allow. They contend, with a 1.6-billion-dollar surplus and billions more coming from the federal government, Minnesotans don’t want any tax hikes.