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Jesson, Schowalter criticize House HHS bill for lack of financial details

Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson sent a letter to Rep. Jim Abeler today chastising him for the lack of fiscal notes scrutinizing key provisions of the House's health and human services finance bill. Specifically Jesson took issue with four provisions designed to save $1.2 billion -- roughly 75 percent of the GOP's overall budget reduction target -- that haven't been thoroughly vetted by fiscal staff.

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Taxes study says regressivity eased a little

In a trend that has persisted for more than 10 years, the richest Minnesotans are paying a lower percentage of their incomes in state and local taxes than the rest of the state's residents, according to the biennial Tax Incidence Study prepared by the Department of Revenue.

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