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Statewide retirement fund rescue stalls

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ST. PAUL - A plan to rescue Duluth from its retirement benefit woes flew through the Minnesota Senate, but an expanded proposal to help other communities - that face $4 billion in deficits - is facing tougher times.

Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said there were too many questions for his committee to pass a bill on Tuesday, so he held up action for another week.

"We tend to do better work when we take a little longer," Bakk said.

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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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