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Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth greets Breckenridge students Friday morning, despite working until 1 a.m. on a $1 billion tax bill. Marquart said the new bill is a good compromise. (Don Davis/St. Paul Bureau)

Pawlenty vows to veto DFL-led tax increases

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ST. PAUL - Democrats pushed a $1 billion tax increase through the Minnesota Legislature Friday night, an alternative to larger hikes the House and Senate already approved.

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And Gov. Tim Pawlenty was poised to immediately veto the measure, forcing budget talks to begin anew 10 days before the Legislature's constitutional deadline to adjourn.

The House approved the new tax plan 86-45 after a nearly five-hour debate Friday afternoon and the Senate followed with a 44-20 vote.

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