Republicans finalize new tax bill

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed an earlier version last Friday, but the new bill reportedly addresses his previous concerns. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on the scaled-back proposal that offers several business tax breaks.
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Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed an earlier version last Friday, but the new bill reportedly addresses his previous concerns. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on the scaled-back proposal that offers several business tax breaks.

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