ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s Senate has adopted a tax plan that could put a dent in property taxes for homeowners, farmers and businesses — except for railroad companies.

The bill that passed on a 42-25 vote Monday marks the Democratic-led chamber’s position in a negotiation to come with Republican House lawmakers, who have approved a further reaching tax-cut package.

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Besides some scattered tax credits, the bill offers modest property tax relief. Railroad companies would pay a higher property tax, but they have threatened to sue if it becomes law.

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Democratic Sen. Rod Skoe says it’s about being prudent with the state’s surplus without going overboard with tax cuts. Republican Sen. Julianne Ortman responded with a “Where’s the relief?” message in the vein of a 1980s burger chain’s “Where’s the beef?” ads.

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