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Legislature adjourns after final tax vote

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Legislature has adjourned after a raucous final half hour spent on a bill to raise taxes.

The DFL-controlled House passed the bill 82-47 just eight minutes before the mandatory midnight deadline.

The Senate vote was 35-1.

Democratic House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher presided sternly over yells of protest from Republians who tried to slow things down. The Senate also departed from its usual decorum.

The bill would close a $2.7 billion budget gap by delaying payments to schools and increasing taxes on couples who make more than $250,000 a year, alcohol drinkers and some credit card companies.

A spokesman said Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty will veto the bill.

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