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Lobbyists fight for copies of a bill being introduced in the House Taxes Committee Monday. The bill would reform and raise some taxes. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Higher taxes on rich part of House plan

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - Minnesota House Democrats propose increasing taxes on rich Minnesotans, smokers, drinkers, businesses that recently moved to Minnesota and youths downloading Internet music.

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House Tax Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, said the bill is the biggest tax-reform measure in 20 years. She said it eliminates tax laws the state no longer can afford, items not fair and what is not working.

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