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May 5, 2013

Lawmaker survey: Cigarette tax OK

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The six-question survey also asked, in two questions, whether lawmakers should be "forcing" day care providers and personal care attendants to join a union. More than 90 percent answered "no" in each case, though the current version of these bills doesn't force union membership; they allow for votes.

Torkelson said his concern with allowing personal care attendants to form a union is that their salaries would still be paid by the Legislature. In other words, the union would be toothless: Its members could negotiate as a union but its demands may not be met by legislators.

"I'm concerned about the dollars that come out of the state to fund these people's salaries," he said. "I've taken a public stand to encourage them to ... increase these folks' salaries."

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