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Governor joins device companies in opposing tax

Maybe if they called it a fee instead?

The Star Tribune reports that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has written a letter to Minnesota’s senators asking them to oppose a tax on medical devices that has been proposed as part of a Senate health-reform package.

The tax, included in a bill by Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, would collect about $4 billion annually from medical device companies to help pay for health-care programs.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Al Franken told the newspaper that he intends to speak with Sen. Baucus about the tax. Sen. Amy Klobuchar issued a statement saying the tax “unfairly penalizes” the industry.

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