The keystone of Minnesota Democrats’ budget plans, $2 billion in tax increases, won House approval early today and the Senate pulled a surprise in the early morning hours by approving money to fund state Capitol building renovations.
By wide margins, the Minnesota House has approved two bills to curb the use of certain chemicals in products made for children. Both proposals passed Friday with all but about a dozen House members on board.
Minnesota House Democrats say it is time to balance the state budget and make new investments, but Republicans argue the tax plan they are expected to vote on today does so at the expense of taxpayers.
The higher booze tax is part of a larger tax package due for a vote Wednesday. The tax is lodged at the wholesale level so the effect on consumers is hard to pin down. Different types of alcohol will be taxed at varying rates.
House Democrats have made all-day kindergarten — and education as a whole — one of their top funding priorities for this session. The House's education bill was expected to come up for a full vote Tuesday afternoon.
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