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Senate DFL proposes cuts, $2 billion tax hike


ST. PAUL - Minnesota Senate Democrats want to chop state budgets 7 percent across the board and raise taxes $2 billion, mostly on the state's richest residents.

Senate leaders announced their budget-balancing plans this afternoon, cutting every segment for a total of $2.4 billion. They include a $1 billion education cut, compared to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to spare public school education from budget cuts needed to fill a deficit.

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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.