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Dayton defends budget proposal in State of the State address

Gov. Mark Dayton vigorously defended his proposed budget for the next biennium-- including $2.1 billion in additional taxes -- in his annual State of the State address on Wednesday evening. Speaking before a joint session of the House and Senate, Dayton argued that a substantial overhaul of the state’s tax code is necessary to eliminate chronic budget deficits, make additional investments in key programs and restore fairness to the tax code.

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Sales tax plan is a hard sell

If his 2013 budget proposal is any indication, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton intends to make history. The document landed on Tuesday, containing some of the most significant proposed tax overhauls and increases in Minnesota in decades.

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Agriculture politics flare in early going

The first partisan front in the newly constituted Minnesota House of Representatives was established only minutes after that body opened the 2013 session. After the chamber cycled through a handful of procedural votes, Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, rose to challenge the DFL majority’s decision to create the House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Division.

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First bills target schools, taxes

In their first joint action of the 2013 session, the newly elected Democratic leaders of the Minnesota Legislature held a news conference to show they were on the same page regarding broad goals for the biennium. First and foremost, House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk promised to balance a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit without gimmicks and without heading into a government shutdown.

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DFL leaders talk priorities, budget

House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk gave what Bakk called the “35,000 foot view” of their priorities this session in a news conference Wednesday afternoon, with few specific details on how they will balance a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit or find the funds to invest in their priorities.

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