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THEIR OPINION: Tobacco settlement spares Minnesota some pain ... again

Published 07/21/2011, St. Paul Pioneer Press / MCT

Twice, money from the state's landmark 1998 settlement of a lawsuit against Big Tobacco allowed deficits to be addressed without cutting more deeply (which DFLers opposed) or raising statewide tax rates (which Republicans opposed.) Once upon a time, the bulk of the settlement money was to go to "permanent" health-care endowments and as continuing yearly payments to the state's general fund. Then the money proved irresistible.

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