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Taconite DreamsThe Struggle to Sustain Mining on Minnesota's Iron Range, 1915-2000$
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Jeffrey T. Manuel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694297

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694297.001.0001

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Creating a Tax-Cut Consensus on the Iron Range

Creating a Tax-Cut Consensus on the Iron Range

The 1964 Taconite Amendment

(p.33) Two Creating a Tax-Cut Consensus on the Iron Range
Taconite Dreams

Jeffrey T. Manuel

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter two continues taconite's story into the mid-1960s when Minnesota added a taconite amendment to the state constitution. The amendment prevented taconite taxes from rising disproportionately to other business taxes. The amendment dispute cleaved Minnesota's DFL Party throughout the first half of the 1960s. Eventually, the forces in favor of the amendment won, but it set the stage for future arguments against corporate taxation that continue today. Also woven throughout this chapter are examples of decline on the Iron Range during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Keywords:   mining history, taconite, 1964 Taconite Amendment, deindustrialization, Iron Range

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