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Rep. Tom Anzelc of Balsam Township listens to debate on the House tax plan Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (Forum News Service photo by Danielle Killey)

Minnesota House approves tax plan

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ST. PAUL – Minnesota Democrats and Republicans agree on at least one thing: The House tax plan raises a lot of money.

“It’s a large increase, but it has to happen,” said Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth.

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“Somebody has to step up to the plate, be a leader and make the tough decisions, and that’s what we’re here to do.”

House members voted 69-64 Wednesday to approve a tax bill that Democrats say will fund key investments and Republicans say will hit everyone hard.

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