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House Tax Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington talks about a $500 million tax cut the Minnesota House debated Thursday, March 6, 2014. Looking on is House Majority Leader Erin Murphy of St. Paul. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

House passes $500 million tax cut; Dayton wants more cuts, Senate less

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House passed a $500 million tax cut Thursday and the governor announced he wants to trim taxes $616 million, but the Senate is headed for smaller cuts.

Democrats said the bill representatives passed 126-2 would provide tax relief to nearly 1 million Minnesotans, in a large part by matching most Minnesota tax law to federal law. That "federal conformity" means $301 million less Minnesotans would pay.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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