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Minnesota Senate Democrats divided over eliminating state tax on Social Security income

Four freshman senators issue statement in favor of cutting the tax after Senate leader shows hesitancy


December 12, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic, center, said she has "deep concerns" about eliminating the tax.

Minnesota's new Democratic Senate majority is already showing signs of internal friction, with four freshmen pushing leadership to eliminate the state's tax on Social Security income.

Newly elected Sens. Grant Hauschild, DFL-Hermantown, Heather Gustafson, DFL-Vadnais Heights, Rob Kupec, DFL-Moorhead, and Judy Seeberger, DFL-Afton, called for repealing the tax in a joint statement Wednesday.

"As four incoming Senators who helped deliver the majority to the DFL, we will be making this our top budget priority," they said. "Not only does [the tax] burden many of Minnesota's seniors, it also leads to retirees leaving the state for others where this benefit is not taxed."


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