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CAPITOL NOTEBOOK Grocery-store wine sales

A perennial push to allow wine in Minnesota grocery stores was corked almost before it began Wednesday.

"I don't have the votes," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Linda Scheid of Brooklyn Park. She asked that the proposal be sent back to a liquor subcommittee, where it likely will stay.

The Minnesota Grocers Association has been pushing the legislation for several years and was joined this year by the Minnesota Grape Grower's Association. Liquor stores and Mothers Against Drunk Driving have opposed the change.

-- Associated Press

Tobacco tax increase

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A proposal to increase the cigarette tax 29 cents a pack and use the additional revenue to eliminate an assessment on small businesses passed the House and Human Services Finance Committee on Tuesday.

The bill also contains a complicated formula for boosting taxes on other tobacco products and calls for permanently lowering the MinnesotaCare provider tax from 2 percent to 1.75 percent.

Although Gov. Tim Pawlenty is opposed to raising taxes, the cigarette tax hike proposal is revenue neutral because it offsets one tax with another, said the bill's author, Rep. Fran Bradley of Rochester.

The bill goes to the Tax Committee.

-- Associated Press

Toll lanes

The state will give preference to toll-lane projects that cost the government nothing when it chooses its first two projects, officials of the Minnesota Department of Transportation told a Senate panel.

But MnDOT officials also said they have not ruled out right of way or other public financial assistance, if necessary, to make a desirable project feasible.

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-- Associated Press

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