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$101 million half cent tax passes MN House

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC-DT) --  As part of a tax bill passed by the MN House, there was a plan to expand the Rochester sales tax.

The original proposal to extend the city's half cent sales tax until reaching the 161 million dollar mark was seen by Republican lawmakers as too big.  Republicans in turn cut the proposal by more than one third.

"I worked with folks representing the city of Rochester to put some things together and we made it so we could sell it through the tax committee. We found about $101 million in projects that made sense," says Tax Committee Chair Representative Greg Davids.

DFL Representative Tina Liebling says the Republican actions take away local control from Rochester citizens.

"Some of the rhetoric was that people from people from other communities shouldn't have to pay it and my answer to that is don't shop in Rochester. It's a completely voluntary thing, if you don't want to pay it you don't have to shop there," says Liebling.

Some of the projects taken out of the proposal include a regional recreation center and expansion of the library.

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