What Once Was A Fee, Now A Tax To Minnesota Republicans By Michael McIntee | July 6, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author Click picture to view video of news conference Click picture to view video of news conferenceDuring Governor Tim Pawlenty’s administration, Minnesota Republicans backed a “health impact fee” which was in fact a cigarette tax. Now that a Democrat is in the Governor’s seat, Republicans are calling a the same type of increase a tax and are rejecting it as a solution to Minnesota’s budget crisis. The state government has mostly been shutdown since July 1st since Republican legislative leaders cannot reach a compromise budget agreement with Governor Mark Dayton. Dayton offered a $1 a pack cigarette tax increase as an alternative to his proposal to place a temporary 2% income tax on Minnesota millionaires. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.