At Issue: March 18 – Dayton's Budget Proposal; School Safety

March 18, 2018 05:07 PM

Governor Dayton's Budget Proposal

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a budget on Friday that accounts for changes in the state economy and federal tax law since the budget was passed last year.


The governor quickly admitted it's a complicated proposal.

RELATED: Dayton's Budget Looks to Undo GOP-Backed Tax Breaks

He says it would cut taxes for nearly two million Minnesotans and their families.

It includes $319 in individual tax relief that would average $117 per family.

However, to pay for it he would repeal tax cuts enacted last year on certain tobacco products and corporations.

Said Dayton: "This is a supplemental budget of significant individual income tax cuts and modest spending increases whose number one priorities are Minnesotans and their families. I look forward to working with the Legislature during the next two months to enact these measures."

Dayton also proposes new fees to help pay for technology, water quality and enforcement of regulations governing senior care facilities.

He says the proposal raises taxes and fees to pay for the failed MNLARS system and failed oversight of senior care facilities. 

RELATED: At Issue with Tom Hauser Podcast 

Gun Control

A bipartisan group of Minnesota senators unveiled a pair of gun control measures in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last month.

One would impose background checks on almost all gun sales and transfers, and the other would require gun owners to report a lost or stolen weapon within two weeks.

RELATED: Today's gun-control debate has echoes of 1934

The bill's author, DFL Sen. Susan Kent, said, "We know that to keep our communities safe from gun violence will require broad bipartisan support for reasons of politics."

Some Senate Republicans say the bills are a waste of time, and that lawmakers should instead focus on improving security and mental health resources at schools.


Marissa Cusumano

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