Rep. Greg Davids, the Minnesota House Tax chair, said 75% of the the Republican proposed tax cut is targeted to the middle class. He had considered, but rejected, cutting tax rates because doing so would benefit the highest income earners the most. Governor Mark Dayton made adding the tax on the highest earners a high priority last session and Davids said if he proposed repealing or lowering that rate, Dayton would not sign it.
Minority Leader Paul Thissen said the proposed Republican tax cut is a “bright shiny object”, but for someone making about $50,000 a year will amount to about $70 a year for the next two years. Thissen says corporations benefit much more than the average Minnesotan if you consider the permanent property tax built into the bill. Thissen said the big benefactors would be Home Depot, Walmart and other large corporations that own a lot of commercial land in Minnesota.