Dayton plan goes too far

To the Editor:

Following the announcement of Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal, the House Taxes and Ways and Means committees have begun scrutinizing the plan and determining what it means for Minnesotans.

Minnesota’s income is growing at roughly 2 to 2.5 percent. Yet the governor proposes a spending increase of 7.65 percent, meaning we would go further into debt if the plan becomes law.

Gov. Dayton’s budget would increase state spending by $2.5 billion and increase taxes on Minnesotans by nearly $3.7 billion.

I appreciate that the governor wants tax reform to be a priority. Gov. Dayton wants to revamp our state’s sales tax and to reform the tax code. If this proposal is simply a starting point to get us talking about real tax reform, then I’m all for that.

But the governor’s plan in its current form does more harm than good, in my opinion. Forcing the sales tax on dozens of new areas will negatively impact the poor and middle class, and create a business-to-business tax that would be hurtful, as it would ultimately raise the prices of services for consumers.

State Rep. Bob Gunther,