One of Senate Republicans’ top agenda items is totally eliminating state income tax on Social Security benefits, which they say is hurting senior citizens and driving people out of Minnesota.  House Democrats propose no tax on Social Security benefits for any senior with annual income under 75 thousand dollars  — and also the biggest property tax cuts in over 20 years, says Dilworth Democrat Paul Marquart:

“I think what senior citizens think about the most is, how can I remain independent?  How can I stay in my home that I’ve raised my family in, and I still have Christmas and have the grandkids there.”

Senate Republicans have a hearing on their tax plan this morning (830am start) and House Democrats have a hearing on their tax bill this afternoon (1pm).