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Senate Tax Chairman Rod Skoe of Clearbrook, left, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook discuss the situation Thursday after Republicans refused to allow senators to debate a tax-cut bill. Photo by David Oakes, Senate Media Services

Senate GOP stops tax-cut bill


ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers edged closer to passing millions of dollars in tax cuts today, then ran into a brick wall when Republicans rejected a request to suspend rules to immediately take up the tax bill.

“We on our side are not willing to go along with suspending the rules,” Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie said, surprising Democrats who were ready for the debate.

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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.