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House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, meets with reporters Thursday afternoon, saying the Legislature still can finish its work by the constitutional May 18 adjournment date despite missing a Thursday deadline for reaching compromises with the Senate. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

DFL rushes tax bill toward passage

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ST. PAUL - Democrats in control of the Minnesota Legislature early today proposed raising taxes to ease spending cuts to schools and health care - the largest state budget areas and toughest to negotiate.

Republicans criticized plan - an alternative to larger tax increases called for by House and Senate Democrats - and the way it was prepared. Democrats introduced the measure Thursday afternoon and plan final votes later today.

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