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PoliGraph: Picking apart Daudt, Thissen claims

Article by: Catherine Richert, PoliGraph

“Most people including most middle class Minnesotans are going to be seeing lower taxes as opposed to higher taxes.”- Thissen

While Republicans are quick to point out that Democrats raised taxes during the first year of the session, Democrats counter that most people will see tax reductions as a result of the Legislature’s actions.

Overall, a little more than half of Minnesota’s 4.2 million adult individuals will see a reduction in their taxes due to changes made in the most recent legislative session, according to the state’s revenue department.

Here’s how everything breaks down:

In 2013, Democrats increased income taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans – about 100,000 people, according to the Department of Revenue. They also raised taxes on cigarette wholesalers and distributors and closed some corporate tax loopholes. Those aren’t direct taxes on individuals, but the revenue department predicts that smokers will pay more for their cigarettes (and that some will quit as a result of the higher prices).

On the flip-side, the Legislature also adopted tax cuts that are projected to benefit hundreds of thousands of people.

For instance, more than 850,000 homeowners, renters and other property owners will see lower property taxes as a result of property tax relief passed by the Legislature in 2013 and 2014.

DFL lawmakers also point to legislation that squared Minnesota’s tax code with the federal tax code. Among provisions in the bill is the reinstatement of the “marriage penalty” fix, which hasn’t been on the books in Minnesota since 2010. It will benefit more than 1 million people starting next year, according to the revenue department. Otherwise, many provisions in that bill are simply a continuation of tax breaks that were already in place.

Thissen’s claim is accurate.



Read the full article at PoliGraph.

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