At Issue: April 22 - Time Running Out on Tax Plan, Jeff Johnson In Studio

April 22, 2018 11:34 PM

Time Running Out for Lawmakers, Governor Dayton to Agree on Tax Plan

Time is running short for Governor Dayton and state lawmakers to reach agreement on how to conform Minnesota's tax code to the new federal tax law. Failing to reach an agreement could result in thousands of Minnesotans having their taxes go up, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. 

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Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled his tax proposal last month. He says it would cut taxes for more than 2 million Minnesotans and their families. It also calls for repealing some tax cuts on businesses and tobacco products passed last year. He also proposed not letting a two percent health care provider tax expire next year. 

Republicans were quick to criticize the governor's tax plan. But the GOP has not released its tax proposal yet. The session ends May 21.

Jeff Johnson, Republican Candidate for Governor, in Studio

Our series of interviews with candidates running for Minnesota governor continues this week with Jeff Johnson. Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner, was the GOP nominee for governor in 2014, but lost to Governor Dayton. He is running again in 2018.

Johnson talked to our Tom Hauser about how he's running his campaign differently this time around, how the arrival of Tim Pawlenty in the race has changed the tone of the campaign and the issues he will focus on during his run. 

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