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Minnesota Supreme Court upholds tobacco fee

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ST. PAUL -- No sooner had the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled the state's new 75-cent-a-pack cigarette fee legal on Tuesday than lawmakers began arguing anew about what to do with it.

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Tax relief was the No. 1 suggestion for how to spend the up to $400 million the court ruling made available. But how to get there was the big debate in a legislative session that must wrap up by Monday.

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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.
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