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Sen. Scott Newman of Hutchinson warns fellow senators Tuesday that they should not remove business tax breaks from a bill they are debating. He said Hutchinson Technology leaders told him Minnesota taxes played a role in their decision to move many jobs elsewhere. Don Davis/Minnesota State Capitol Bureau

Republicans beat back DFL tax bill efforts

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ST. PAUL -- Senate Democrats tried to turn a tax bill debate into a rich-vs.-poor debate, saying a Republican-written bill was crafted to help businesses and the rich.


Senate Republicans defeated all major changes to their tax bill Tuesday, passing the bill 37-26 after eight hours of debate over two days.

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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.