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DFL senators put brakes on passage of tax cut bill

ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators will not rush to judgment on a $500 million tax cut the House passed last week.

On Monday, Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, wanted senators to immediately take up the tax bill House members passed Thursday, but Democrats defeated the attempt 38-26.

Gov. Mark Dayton wants the tax-cut bill on his desk by Friday. Hann agreed.

"Thousands of Minnesota are in the process of filing their taxes and they deserve to know what we are going to do," Hann said

Senate Tax Chairman Rod Skoe, D-Clearbrook, said that the tax cuts need more "contemplating."

The House bill matches state law to many federal tax provisions, saving Minnesotans money as they file taxes this time of year. However, the "marriage penalty" that costs couples more in taxes was not included for taxes being paid this year. The penalty would be eliminated if state and federal tax laws matched.

Skoe said the marriage penalty is one of the issues the Senate needs to examine.

In an interview last week, Skoe said the Senate will cut taxes less than the House.

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