Governor Mark Dayton hasn’t yet weighed in on Senate Republicans’ proposal to automatically reduce income tax rates when the state has a significant budget surplus. Lino Lakes Senator Roger Chamberlain argues the reverse is already true for state spending in some budget areas. He says, “The government now has automatic inflators and increasors in our budgets and our law. This goes in the opposite direction, says we’re gonna start paying attention to citizens.”
Under Republicans’ proposal, if a November economic forecast projects a significant budget surplus and if other conditions were met, individual income tax rates would be reduced one-tenth of a percent beginning in the next calendar year.
More in this excerpt from Senate Republicans’ news conference: