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Senate leader: Tax-cut deadline 'difficult' to hit

March 7, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's goal of enacting a bill cutting and repealing taxes by next week is looking unlikely to be met.

Assistant Majority Leader Katie Sieben says it will be "difficult" for that chamber to pass a plan by then. The House voted 126-2 on Thursday for $500 million in tax reductions on businesses and for state income tax filers.

Dayton's administration wants to make the changes by mid-March so people won't have to file for extensions or submit amended returns to claim tax relief.

Sieben says fellow Senate Democrats want to fully air the tax proposals and proceed cautiously with dispersal of the $1.2 billion state surplus. She says extra time doesn't necessarily signal a deeper disagreement with Dayton and the House, which is also run by Democrats.



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