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Dayton, DFL leaders say tax breaks would spur job growth

business Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Dayton, DFL leaders say tax breaks would spur job growth
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders say cutting a business's taxes for hiring people and passing a large public works bill would create thousands of Minnesota jobs.

Key to a proposal the Democrats offered on Wednesday is providing a $3,000 tax credit for the unemployed, veterans and recent graduates this year and a $1,500 credit next year. The plan would cost the state $35 million.

Dayton plans to release his proposal to fund public works projects, funded by selling bonds, on Tuesday. He says he will propose spending $775 million.

Dayton, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen of Minneapolis tried to steal the thunder from Republicans by promoting what they termed a jobs agenda for this year's legislative session, which begins Jan. 24. Republicans have said that improving the business climate, to produce more jobs, is a priority.

Read more Thursday in The Pioneer.

Pioneer staff reports