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Rep. John Persell of Bemidji pays attention to debate Friday afternoon as fellow representatives discuss aspects of a $1 billion tax increase proposal. Pioneer Photo/ Don Davis

Legislature: DFL passes tax bill amid veto threat

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ST. PAUL -- Democrats pushed a $1 billion tax increase through the Minnesota Legislature Friday night, an alternative to larger hikes the House and Senate already approved.

And Gov. Tim Pawlenty was poised to immediately veto the measure, forcing budget talks to begin anew 10 days before the Legislature's constitutional deadline to adjourn.

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