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Sens. Joe Gimse of Willmar, left, and Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes check votes Friday during debate on a tax bill. Gimse said tax relief for businesses -- which passed Friday night -- helps create jobs. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

Minn. Senate uses reserve funds to cut business property tax

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's Republican-controlled Senate approved business tax cuts Friday that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton all but promises to veto.


The highlight of the GOP tax proposal senators passed 34-26 along party lines Friday night after two and a half hours of debate is a reduction in a statewide business property tax and its eventual elimination.

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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.