OPINION | Fairer taxes, brighter future

Governor Mark Dayton’s new budget is a blueprint for fairer taxes and a brighter future for Minnesota families.  His reforms pave the way for new jobs, healthier lives and a better-educated workforce. Education and health experts around the state have praised Gov. Dayton’s reforms. Future economic growth depends on these changes. The plan puts a halt to the decade of higher classroom sizes, higher tuition and higher property taxes that put roadblocks in the path of the success of middle-class families. None of these reforms are possible without new revenues. Asking the two percent with highest incomes to begin paying rates closer to the higher rate of taxes paid by middle class families is necessary for Minnesota to improve its future. States with higher top income taxes perform better economically than low-tax states for two reasons. Why? The benefits outweigh the costs. Continue Reading