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State cigarette fee withstands appeal

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota may continue collecting a 75-cent-a-pack cigarette fee after the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday refused to hear a case brought to overturn the charge.

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"The U.S. Supreme Court's decision was expected and proper," Gov. Tim Pawlenty's spokesman, Brian McClung, said in a terse statement. "In legal terms: case closed."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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