Warehousing Tax is Rallying Point for Minn. GOP

Posted at: 08/15/2013 11:35 AM | Updated at: 08/15/2013 11:36 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two Republican legislators who want to be Minnesota governor are one-upping each other in calls to wipe out a new sales tax on warehousing services.

Sen. Dave Thompson and Rep. Kurt Zellers have latched onto the issue and are pressing Republican colleagues to stand firm about getting the tax repeal on a special session agenda. They're among four declared Republican challengers to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

Thompson held a news conference Thursday to argue that the yet-effective tax is dampening business investment. Zellers has sounded off in press releases and urged people to sign an online petition connected to his campaign.

The tax on businesses that rent warehousing space kicks in next April. Dayton says he supports repealing it next year once a source for expected revenue loss is identified.

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