A liberal public policy think tank called Wednesday for an increase in
Kramer acknowledged that the still-incomplete tax proposals from the St. Paul-based think tank called Growth & Justice won't be enacted anytime soon.
"It's not going to get passed, not this year," he said. "It's for thinking about."
State Revenue Commissioner Dan Salomone called the tax analysis and proposals for change advocated by Growth & Justice a "good, hones piece of work."
"It's pretty mainstream stuff," Salomone said.
Kramer said two of the three scenarios for tax changes he unveiled Wednesday would re-jigger who pays taxes, how much they pay and what kind of taxes they pay. But the changes would not raise or lower overall tax collections. The third proposal would increase tax recipients by about $1 billion a year by raising the cigarette tax by $1 a pack.
Kramer, who retired in 1998 as publisher of the Star Tribune newspaper in
Largely because of the elimination of that break for municipal bonds, the Growth & Justice proposals would increase income taxes for a few people at all income levels, although most of the increases would be concentrated at incomes above $400,000 a year.
The changes advocated by Growth & Justice would offset the income tax increases by eliminating the corporate income tax and a number of other business taxes. The group also called for significantly expanding
The business taxes are routinely passed on to consumers by companies and are among the most regressive taxes many low-income people pay, Kramer said.
Kramer unsuccessfully sought the DFL endorsement to run for lieutenant governor in 2002.
The tax proposals are available online at: www.growthandjustice.org. Patrick Sweeney covers state government and its effect on Minnesotans. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.