MN Lawmakers Adjourn, Tax Bill Debated into 11th Hour

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MN Lawmakers Adjourn, Tax Bill Debated into 11th Hour

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) – The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session is now in the books.

The Senate debated the $2 billion tax bill into the final moments leading up to the midnight adjournment.

It passed with a 36-30 vote.

The bill, passed earlier by the House, includes a tax on Minnesota's highest wage earners, a cigarette tax increase and property tax relief.

It was a busy final day at the Capitol as lawmakers tied up a number of loose strings while fighting the hands of the clock.

In a very close 68-66 vote, House members sent a measure to the Governor's desk that will allow childcare providers in Minnesota the option to unionize.

The House debated the bill for 10 hours throughout the weekend into Monday, seven hours shy of the Senate's debate on the bill.

Both bodies also approved a $100 million bonding bill that will fund improvements to the State Capitol. The House rejected an $800 million bonding bill on Friday that would have funded projects across the state, including several in Duluth.

The effort to raise the state's minimum wage this session fell short after it was declared dead by a House Committee Monday evening.

Lawmakers have established a $38 billion dollar budget framework for the biennium.

Minnesota faces a $627 million deficit.

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