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Tax relief vote set for Thursday

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Mar 19, 2014 at 4:57 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the Minnesota Senate say they hope to pass a $434 million tax relief measure on Thursday, though it's not clear if differences with a House version will delay its path to Gov. Mark Dayton.

Tuesday saw a flurry of accusations among the all-Democratic leadership about why the bill has yet to pass and whether a controversial legislative office building project had gotten in the way. Dayton lashed out at lawmakers over the pacing, which is critical given that some tax cuts might be available immediately.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says his members had long been moving toward a Thursday vote.

The Senate's version is smaller than a House tax-cut package. And it also sets aside $150 million toward state budget reserves, which the House hasn't done.

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