ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The tax cut debate is about to get underway at a divided
Minnesota Capitol.

Senate Republicans planned to release their plan Thursday for how much of a
$1.65 billion budget surplus they'll devote to tax relief. Senate Majority
Leader Paul Gazelka has indicated they'll likely devote most of that sum to a
bevy of different tax measures.

A tax bill will be a major source of contention between the state's
Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton as they work
to set a new two-year budget. Dayton has already unveiled his own $300 million
package of tax credits.

But after two years without passing a tax bill, Republicans say they'll press
Dayton for more. The Legislature has until late May to finish its work.