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Republicans want to cut regulations, public payroll, curb lawsuits in 2012 session

House Speaker Kurt Zellers says modernizing state government will be the GOP's overarching theme during the Legislative session that starts Tuesday. Some of the proposals have been pitched before and could be hard to get past Governor Dayton.
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House Speaker Kurt Zellers says modernizing state government will be the GOP's overarching theme during the Legislative session that starts Tuesday. Some of the proposals have been pitched before and could be hard to get past Governor Dayton.

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