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Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, listens to Minnesota House debate Friday on an economic development spending package.

Senate OKs $2.2 billion income tax increase

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ST. PAUL - Senators opted to raise nearly every Minnesotan's income tax as a way to help fill a massive budget state budget deficit.

The bill that passed 35-31 Friday night would increase the percentage paid in all three existing Minnesota income tax brackets and add a fourth tier for couples earning at least $250,000 a year and single Minnesotans making about half that. Income taxes would rise $2.2 billion.

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