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Minnesota lawmakers introduce legislation

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Some of the first bills introduced into the Minnesota Legislature:

--  Begins paying back money the state borrowed from school districts.

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--  Establishes mostly on line health insurance marketplace.

--  Increases renters’ property tax rebates and restores a homestead property tax credit that would base property tax refunds on a person’s income.

--  Establishes and finances all-day kindergarten.

--  Provides state grants to small businesses.

--  Sets up minimum wage to automatically increase.

--  Increases minimum wage to $9.38 an hour in large businesses and $8.01 in small businesses.

--  Establishes a northern Minnesota veterans’ home.

--  Expands Medical Assistance eligibility.

--  Makes it harder to amend the state Constitution by requiring two-thirds or three-fifths of the House and Senate to approve a proposed constitutional amendment before it goes to voters (several bills, some would accomplish it by amending the Constitution, others by just passing a law).

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