(St. Paul, MN) -- Governor Dayton is not keen on House Democrats' proposal for a temporary income-tax surcharge on those making over 500-thousand dollars a year, calling it "a bit of piling-on." He says the plan "goes too far" in increasing the tax rate on top earners. But Dayton continues pushing hard for a *permanent* income tax increase on the top two-percent of Minnesotans -- something leading Democrats in both the House and Senate also support.
Also at the Capitol today, Senate Democrats released the outline of their budget plan, which beefs up education spending -- including voluntary all-day kindergarten statewide. There would also be more money for higher education, plus property tax relief. Senate Democrats say they'll pay for it by increasing income taxes on the top two percent -- something Governor Dayton wants -- plus a cigarette tax hike and a sales tax on Internet purchases. Senate Republicans warn that Democrats, despite the struggling economy, are proposing a three-billion-dollar increase in spending with two billion in tax increases -- all to close state budget deficit that's smaller at about 600 million dollars.