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DFLers aim to restore Minnesota's homestead credit

DFL Reps. Ann Lenczewski and Paul Marquart say property tax payers and local governments are losing out so the state can save more than $500 million.
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DFL Reps. Ann Lenczewski and Paul Marquart say property tax payers and local governments are losing out so the state can save more than $500 million.

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