May 21, 2013 at 6:05 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota lawmakers have adjourned a session that produced $2 billion in tax hikes and a historic vote on gay marriage.
The gavel fell late Monday night after a frenetic final push to wrap up major issues. A lock on power by Democrats guaranteed they would get most of their wish list.
Lawmakers raised taxes on top earners and increased the cigarette tax. That erased a $627 million deficit but also brings in enough money to boost funding for schools and dole out property tax relief. Minority Republicans said the increases would hurt businesses and residents.
Lawmakers also made Minnesota the 12th state to legalize gay marriage. And they set aside money to fix the crumbling Capitol. But efforts to tighten gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown shootings failed. They also ran out of time to raise the minimum wage.
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