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Minn. House Passes GOP-Favored Tax Budget Bill

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has approved a tax budget bill unlikely to get support from Gov. Mark Dayton.

The Republican-controlled House passed the tax bill on a 71-58 vote early Wednesday. The bill completely phases out state aid to the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth over the next few years.

That’s prompted cries of political retribution since those cities have elected only Democrats to the Legislature for years. The Republican plan does reduce aid to other cities and counties but not as drastically.

Dayton has been a vocal supporter of state aid to cities. In addition, he has vowed not to support any Republican budget bills that aren’t part of a larger agreement on the state’s two-year budget.

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