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NYT: Minnesota Republicans are ‘antitax radicals’ doing ‘enormous damage’

The New York Times came down hard on Minnesota Republicans in an editorial in today’s paper saying their “antitax radicalism” is “doing enormous damage at all levels.”

It is preventing Wilmington, N.C., from buying a new fire truck, preventing the most vulnerable in dozens of states from receiving subsistence benefits, and may soon engulf the economy if the standoff in Washington does not end. In Minnesota, there is now a chance to draw a line and say, no further.

The editorial argues that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton must not completely yield to Republicans over budget issues, despite the hardship inflicted on the state by the shutdown.

Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, campaigned for office last year promising to raise taxes on high earners, so it was no surprise when he proposed a tax increase on families making more than $150,000 a year to help close a $5 billion budget gap. In negotiations with the Republican majority in the Legislature, he compromised and reduced the increase to those making $1 million or more, but Republicans are refusing to consider any income tax increase.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who is currently negotiating with state Republicans, has already moved towards Republican positions by limiting a tax increase on the very wealthy only to those who make more than $1 million.

A piece today at MinnPost implies that Dayton is growing more willing to discard his proposed tax increase to end the shutdown, describing Republicans as an “unyielding uni-voice” whose leadership hasn’t shown any flexibility on the issue of taxes.

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