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Property taxes spiked as state aid was cut to schools and cities in Minnesota, and the DFL majority is now fixing the problem, says Minnesota 2020. SUBMITTED GRAPHIC

Group says new taxes benefit outstate MN

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Last year, the Minnesota DFL-controlled Legislature raised income taxes on the top 2 percent, and levied a 75 cent per-pack cigarette tax.

(It also approved three business-to-business sales taxes, which were dropped this year.)

Bracing for an onslaught of Republican ads attacking DFL incumbents for raising taxes last year, the think tank Minnesota 2020 has decided that the best defense is a good offense.

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