GOP Cries Foul Over Tax-cut Letter Naming Dayton

Created: 04/23/2014 8:59 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Republicans say the state Department of Revenue shouldn't have cited Gov. Mark Dayton's role in enacting recent tax breaks in a letter sent to people who might benefit.
Republican state senators argued Wednesday that use of Dayton's name in the letter turned it into a political document. The letter went out last week to some people who qualified for additional deductions or credits because of a bill passed in March.
It starts with a message that Dayton signed the bill and goes on to offer routine information about how to claim the breaks.
Neither Dayton's office nor a Revenue Department spokeswoman offered immediate comment.
Minnesota's legislative auditor has previously frowned on official government communications that can be misconstrued as political promotion.

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