Minnesota tax plans vary
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House, Senate and governor’s tax plans vary in how they raise funds to cover a $627 million projected deficit and new investments.
Here are some highlights from the three plans and how they compare:
— Income taxes: Senate, raise third tier rate from 7.85 percent to 9.4 percent; House, new fourth tier, 8.49 percent for couples making more than $400,000 a year in taxable income, temporary surcharge on couples’ income more than $500,000; governor, new fourth tier, 9.85 percent for couples making more than $250,000
— Sales tax: Senate, lower from 6.875 percent to 6 percent, tax more items including clothing; House, no change; governor, no change— Alcohol tax: Senate, no change; House, increase at wholesale level, about 7 cents per drink for consumers; governor, no change— Cigarette tax increase from current $1.23 per pack: Senate, 94 cents; House, $1.60; governor, 94 cents