MN Senate GOP Proposes Spending Surplus on Tax Cuts

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the Minnesota Senate’s GOP majority have proposed giving the state’s projected $1.3 billion budget surplus back to taxpayers.

They unveiled a package of income and other permanent tax cuts Thursday that’s aimed more at the November elections than the current legislative session.

Senate Tax Committee Chairman Roger Chamberlain predicted that Democrats would hate it, and he was right. Leaders of the House Democratic majority quickly denounced the plan as fiscally irresponsible.

House Speaker Melissa Hortman says it would undermine the state’s ability to provide good schools, good roads, and good health care.

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