Tax increase passes Senate

Clothing Tax

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AUSTIN, MN — It was initially rejected but now the Minnesota Senate has passed a package of income and sales tax increases, including the addition of a clothing tax.

The DFL sponsored bill was initially defeated yesterday on a 34-32 vote, but two Democrats who initially voted no switched to yes on the second vote.

The bill also includes adding taxes to some services such as auto repairs and haircuts.

“I don’t think it would be a big deal, clothing is a necessity, people are going to have to buy clothing, whether the sales tax goes up or down. So either way, I think it’s going to stay the same,” said Oak Park Mall Manager Shan Kehret.

With a slim margin the bill passed 35-31. The bill will now head to conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate bills.

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