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GOP cries foul over tax-cut letter naming Dayton

April 23, 2014
Associated Press

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.

Dayton's office had no immediate comment and the Revenue Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Minnesota's legislative auditor has previously frowned on official government communications that can be misconstrued as political promotion.



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