A bill to reinstate tax exemptions for certain agriculture products such as pesticides and herbicides cleared the house finance committee on a party line vote yesterday. Republicans argue that the sales tax is hurting local businesses and should be repealed. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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