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'Tough decisions' back passage of Minnesota House tax plan

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota Democrats and Republicans agree on at least one thing: The House tax plan raises a lot of money.

"It's a large increase, but it has to happen," said Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth. "Somebody has to step up to the plate, be a leader and make the tough decisions, and that's what we're here to do."

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House members voted 69-64 Wednesday to approve a tax bill that Democrats say will fund key investments and Republicans say will hit everyone hard.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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