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It was a tense first ceremony for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday as he faced dozens of protesters who do not think the state should accept federal money for health-care programs. (Don Davis/Forum Communications)

Those tricky taxes: Complexities make reform difficult for legislators

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ST. PAUL - Making Minnesota's tax system fair is a key goal for state lawmakers and the governor.

But the definition of tax fairness is more elusive than it might seem.

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"Fairness is certainly in the eye of the beholder," University of Illinois Professor J. Fred Giertz of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs said.

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