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Members of the Minnesota House Sunday, May 19, 2013, debate whether to allow childcare providers and personal care attendants to join unions. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

House OKs $2 billion tax bill, Senate backs Capitol repair

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ST. PAUL -- The keystone of Minnesota Democrats' budget plans, $2 billion in tax increases, won House approval early today and the Senate pulled a surprise in the early morning hours by approving money to fund state Capitol building renovations.


Faced with a midnight constitutional deadline to adjourn for the year, Republicans and Democrats began working together overnight to find a way to neatly end the contentious session.

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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.