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Minnesota’s Budget Debate Now Taking Center Stage

Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 7:27 am

While the debates continue, the first round of votes is up this week on Republican-sponsored state budget bills. The Republicans have been promoting their “Cuts Only” approach to the budget problem in the state.

The House of Representatives plans to debate and vote Monday on a tax bill that includes income-tax cuts in the two lowest income brackets, cuts to property taxes on business, and phases out state aid to the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.

Gov. Mark Dayton has criticized some aspects of the GOP’s tax plan, and it’s likely to be only a starting point for negotiations with the Democratic governor. There are wide disagreements between Dayton and the GOP over how to erase the state’s $5 billion budget shortfall.

WCCO also reports that the state Senate is scheduled to take up budget bills for agriculture and jobs and economic development on Monday.

Votes on lesser bills are also expected to come this week at the Capitol.

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