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Legislative Notebook: Interest groups line up against tax provisions

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ST. PAUL — A parade of lobbyists picked apart proposals by House and Senate tax committees Tuesday while others gave the plans their blessings.

Among dozens of testifiers was Frank Orton of Walker, whose company owns 15 northern Minnesota convenience stores. Ones in East Grand Forks and Moorhead would be hurt by a proposed $1.60 per-pack increase in cigarette taxes, he said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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