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Editorial: MN can afford a reasonable tax increase

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Conservatives and anti-tax advocates would have Minnesotans believe government is growing out of control. In reality, the opposite is true. Adjusting for inflation, budgeting gimmicks and state takeovers, per capita state general fund spending is 18 percent less that it was a decade ago. In present-day dollars, this represents a $5.2 billion dollar cut in state funding for education, transportation, economic development and property tax relief.

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