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Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he is not to blame for legislators missing a Thursday deadline for completing negotiations on major budget bills. Some Democrats say he asked for more time to work with lawmakers.

Legislative Briefs: DFL rushes tax bill toward passage

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ST. PAUL - Democrats in control of the Minnesota Legislature early today proposed raising taxes to ease spending cuts to schools and health care - the largest state budget areas and toughest to negotiate.

Republicans criticized plan - an alternative to larger tax increases called for by House and Senate Democrats - and the way it was prepared. Democrats introduced the measure Thursday afternoon and plan final votes later today.

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