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House Minority Leader Marty Seifert of Marshall, backed by fellow Republicans, says Thursday that Democrats plan to launch a new bill to raise Minnesota taxes. With him are Rep. Joyce Peppin of Rogers, center, and Sen. Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville. Staff photo by Don Davis - Minn. State Capitol Bureau

BRIEFLY: DFL rushes tax bill toward passage

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ST. PAUL - Democrats in control of the Minnesota Legislature early today proposed raising taxes to ease spending cuts to schools and health care - the largest state budget areas and toughest to negotiate.

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Republicans criticized plan - an alternative to larger tax increases called for by House and Senate Democrats - and the way it was prepared. Democrats introduced the measure Thursday afternoon and plan final votes later today.

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