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Reps. David Dill of Crane Lake, left, and Morrie Lanning of Moorhead share a laugh Monday before the Minnesota House Taxes Committee began debating a bill to raise taxes. Stacks of the bill are also seen. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Tax hike for rich in House plan


ST. PAUL -- Minnesota House Democrats propose increasing taxes on rich Minnesotans, smokers, drinkers, businesses that recently moved to Minnesota and youths downloading Internet music.

House Tax Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, said the bill is the biggest tax-reform measure in 20 years. She said it eliminates tax laws the state no longer can afford, items not fair and what is not working.

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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.