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Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, listens to an explanation of a tax bill Democrats pushed through the Legislature in its final minutes of the 2009 session. Pictured in the background is Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess, a Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointee. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

Un-session brings unallotment

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ST. PAUL - The 2009 Minnesota Legislature will be remembered as the un-session.

Unruly: As midnight arrived Monday, Republican senators were shouting to be recognized and called the end of the session a shame and a disgrace.

Uncommunicative: In the last few days of the five-month session, when leaders and the governor were supposed to work out a budget deal, they seldom even talked about meeting.

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