Gov. Dayton takes Democratic majority to task over tax cuts

By KBJR News 1

Gov. Dayton takes Democratic majority to task over tax cuts

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - After being sidelined by surgery for several weeks, Governor Mark Dayton was back in action at the Capitol Tuesday.

Minnesota's estimated budget surplus is $1.2 billion.

In light of the swelling state coffers, the pressure is growing from business groups calling for a reduction in the taxes paid in the state. And Governor Dayton agrees.

Today the Governor wasted no time coming down hard on the Democratic majority for dragging its feet on the tax cut bill.

Dayton has been working behind the scenes, while recovering from his hip surgery, but said he needed to speak directly to the media because of slow progress on a tax cut package.

"I hope Minnesotans will communicate with their legislators, and these DFL legislators, I'm sorry to say, that this is inexcusable and it's unacceptable," Gov. Dayton said.

The House has passed the tax cuts, but the Senate hasn't caught up to the house, because of conflicts over the scope and design of a new legislative office building.

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