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Lawmakers pass new package of tax breaks

The new measure cleared both the House and Senate Thursday morning. it is about half the cost of the bill Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed last Friday. Rep. Greg Davids said, "We made every effort to make this a bill the governor can sign." There's no word on whether Dayton will sign the slimmed down version of the bill.
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The new measure cleared both the House and Senate Thursday morning. it is about half the cost of the bill Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed last Friday. Rep. Greg Davids said, "We made every effort to make this a bill the governor can sign." There's no word on whether Dayton will sign the slimmed down version of the bill.

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