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Ron Stoffel of the western Twin Cities carries American and "Don't tread on me" flags Monday during a rally to support a constitutional amendment that would limit state spending. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Conservatives eye spending cap amendment


ST. PAUL -- Conservative Republicans hope enough Minnesotans are tired of high taxes that they will support a proposal to limit state spending.

It is a tall order, given the fact that Demo-crats control the state Legislature and most of them prefer raising taxes to help plug a budget deficit. But the chairman of the Senate Taxes Committee is ready to consider something to limit taxes, even if it is not the state constitutional amendment Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed last month.

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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.