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Tax deal goes rolling down the river

When we last saw them, they were two buds, cruising the St. Croix, smiling in the warm sun while publicly chanting the mantra of cooperation between the two states.

Oh, but that was so yesterday.

Governor chums Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, a Republican, and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, a Democrat, couldn't bring their friendly charms to devise a practical solution for constituents.

And so, thousands of Wisconsin resident commuters to Minnesota will pay the price. Minnesotans will also be affected, though in smaller numbers.

Last week Minnesota dumped an income-tax reciprocity deal dating back to the 1960s.

Read more in the Sept. 24 print edition of the River Falls Journal.