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GOP splinters over how much of surplus to turn into tax cuts

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A new state Republican Party television ad is advocating a full return of Minnesota's $1.87 billion projected surplus to taxpayers, which is more than majority House Republicans have embraced.

Party Chairman Keith Downey framed the "give it all back" rallying cry as a starting point. But it also sets him apart from House Speaker Kurt Daudt and other high-ranking GOP legislators, who have said some of the surplus should go for transportation, education and nursing homes.

Downey says it's fair to enact tax cuts with the full surplus because it comes not long after a run of all-Democratic statehouse control resulted in higher taxes and higher government spending.

Minnesota Democratic Chairman Ken Martin says the ads show Republican Party "bosses are trying to pull the strings."

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