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Rep. Ben Lien of Moorhead tells a House committee Wednesday, March 20, 2013, about his proposal to rework the formula that sends state aid to cities. Looking on is Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Senate budget avoids surcharge that House Democrats want

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ST. PAUL -- Senate Democrats do not want to place an income tax surcharge on the richest of the rich, but they are looking into expanding a new tax the governor wants on the top 2 percent of Minnesota earners.


“We are going to take a look at whether the top 2 percent is the right number,” Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said Wednesday after announcing a framework of the Senate Democrats’ budget plan.

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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.