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Minnesota House Republicans aim to deliver for seniors


Boosting state dollars for programs that benefit senior citizens will remain a top priority of Republicans in the Minnesota House next year, a group of them said Monday.

"We've been good to seniors in the last year and I think there's an interest in continuing that trend," Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, said at a news conference to showcase a handful of bills aimed at an older demographic.

That includes eliminating Minnesota's tax on Social Security income by phasing it out 20 percent a year over five years. The GOP-controlled House approved that measure earlier this year, but it didn't make it into the final budget signed by Gov. Mark Dayton. Under the proposal, the state would lose about $237 million in tax revenue in 2016-17, and about $641 million in the two years after that.


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