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Tax commission, anyone?

Talk of tax reform created a few pariahs during the 2011 session. A handful of moderate Republicans, including Senate Taxes Chairwoman Julianne Ortman and Finance Chairwoman Claire Robling, proposed reviewing the hundreds of tax breaks on state books.

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Board plays a critical role in keeping GOP together

Former Republican Rep. Dave Bishop remembers sitting in the office of then-House Speaker Steve Sviggum, trying to calm him down. Sviggum was fuming, as Bishop recalls, because he had just been voted down on an issue by the executive board, a small group of GOP representatives that serve as caucus advisers to the speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Taxing troubles ahead

The House Taxes Committee was a model of bipartisan accord on Thursday morning. On the agenda was legislation carried by Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, to address changes in the federal tax code that require changes to the state's tax rules if the state is to remain in conformity.

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Some GOP policy bills figure to be pricey

The symbolism in the Senate Republican caucus' first bill of the session was deliberate. The bill would cut corporate income taxes by half in the next six years, roll back and freeze business property taxes, and streamline the permitting process - moves that chief author and Deputy Majority Leader Sen. Geoff Michel used to underscore GOP legislative majorities' marquee goal of improving the state's business climate.

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House GOP shapes key committees for budget battle

There were few surprises when the Minnesota House GOP released committee rosters last week. Legislators, Republican and Democrat alike, landed in spots where they've sat before, or - in the case of new lawmakers - where they have accrued relevant experience in their professional and personal lives.

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