Rep. Greg Davids, chair of the Taxes Committee, is upset about a delay in the release of the 2011 tax incidence study by the Minnesota Department of Revenue. In a letter sent Monday to assistant Revenue commissioner Matt Massman, Davids criticizes the agency for failing to meet the March 1 deadline for the biennial report.
“While I understand the many undertakings your department is currently facing, a delay of this magnitude is unacceptable,” Davids wrote.
In particular, the Preston Republican argues that data on the levels of taxation facing different income brackets is necessary to weigh Gov. Mark Dayton‘s budget proposal. The first-term DFLer wants to close roughly half of the state’s $5 billion budget deficit by raising taxes on the state’s wealthiest five percent of residents, arguing that it will make the tax code more fair and progressive.
“It is precisely because the governor’s budget is centered around a two-year old study that the delay in issuing the new one is not acceptable,” Davids wrote.