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Report: Middle Class Hit Hardes

A report finds that taxes have hit Minnesota’s middle class the hardest. An MPR story states that the report used tax data from 2004. The report indicates that the wealthy “are paying a slightly smaller share of their incomes in state and local taxes, and that taxes are shifting away from businesses and toward individuals.

An editorial in the Minnesota Daily states that the findings will give Minnesota Democrats the ammunition they need to demand tax reforms.

Pawlenty’s people say that they think very few people would argue that Minnesota’s taxes are too low. The Minnesota Daily editorial states that according to the US Census Bureau, Minnesota is ranked fourth nationally as having the highest state and local taxes per capita.