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Stephen Lawrence of Red Wing tells reporters Thursday, June 27, 2013, that he cannot make business decisions until a new tax on warehousing is cleared up. John Sachen of Red Wing Shoe Company (far left) watches. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Lawmakers seek special session to stop warehouse tax

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ST. PAUL -- Some Minnesota businesses are pushing the pause button on constructing new facilities, awaiting word about whether state legislators will allow a new tax to be collected.


A $20 million Red Wing Shoes distribution center is on hold "until we find out what happens," John Sachen of the company said Thursday during a state Capitol news conference.

"We have already stopped business," said Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing. "That's jobs."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.