Minnesota Gets a Pro-Tax Justice Governor


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After a long campaign and recount battle, Minnesota will have a new governor who is a champion of tax fairness.

Former Senator Mark Dayton ran a hard-fought race against Republican Tom Emmer.  Earlier this month (after a nearly finished recount), Emmer conceded. Governor-elect Dayton won the election by under 10,000 votes. During his campaign, Dayton emphasized tax policies that would help fill the state’s multibillion dollar budget gap, including the addition of a fourth income tax bracket targeting the richest Minnesotans and a third property tax bracket for homes valued over $1 million.  Having Dayton in the Governor’s mansion is a victory for tax justice advocates.

But the victory party isn’t likely to last long, because the new Governor will be working with a House and Senate that have Republican majorities hostile to many of Dayton's proposals. Dayton admits that it will be "very difficult" to enact his reforms. But now he has the position and the opportunity to win Minnesota residents over to the cause of progressive tax reform.

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