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TAX HIKES: Minnesota poll shows support for taxing cigarettes, top earners

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A new Star Tribune Minnesota poll shows broad support for a pair of new tax hikes on cigarettes and the state's top earners.

TAXING THE TOP 2 PERCENT

The poll shows 58 percent of respondents support the creation of a new tax rate for upper-income earners, defined as a couple earning $250,000 or an individual earning $150,000.

36 percent of those polled oppose the new tax rate on the wealthy.

The 9.85 percent tax rate will apply to about 40,000 households in Minnesota, about two percent of all taxpayers.

$1.60 PER PACK

A $1.60 per pack tax hike on cigarettes drew even more support. 64 percent of respondents favor the cigarette tax, while just 32 percent oppose it.

Starting July 1, cigarettes will cost $2.83 per pack in taxes alone. The tax revenue could add more than $430 million to the state budget over the next couple of years.

ABOUT THE POLL

The phone poll of 800 adult Minnesotans was taken June 11 through 13. It has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percent. See the poll results at http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/211822801.html

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