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Associated Press, Published May 21 2013

Minn. leaders recap legislative session

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders call the just-finished session a success and say they accomplished what they set out to do.

Dayton and the lawmakers held a Tuesday news conference at the Capitol, just a few hours after the session wrapped at midnight. They say they delivered on promises to raise income taxes on the wealthy to fund spending increases for schools, to freeze tuition at state colleges and to offer relief to property taxpayers.

Republican leaders are flying around the state to criticize the Democratic approach. They say the tax hikes will burden Minnesota business owners. They have also complained about DFL moves to grant union organizing authority to some in-home day-care workers and personal care attendants to the elderly and disabled.

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