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Senate Votes Twice On Tax Bill

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 6:26 am

No activity today in St. Paul as the legislature has a day off. On Monday though, we saw some interesting developments in the Minnesota Senate. The Senate did pass a package of income and sales tax increases after initially rejecting the package.

Monday’s debate on the Senate tax bill took a turbulent turn after the surprise initial defeat of the DFL-sponsored tax bill. That’s because Democrats hold a Senate majority, but a group of mostly suburban DFL senators joined minority Republicans to block it.

The Associated Press that senior Democratic senators huddled privately after the first vote. Two Democrats who initially voted no switched to yes on the second vote.

The bill hikes income taxes on the wealthy, adds the state sales tax to clothes and some services and raises the cigarette tax.

That bill will now head to a conference committee before being heard on the floor again for final passage.

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