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State lawmaker supports tax increase on wealthy

9:19 PM, Jan. 1, 2013
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, center right, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., center left, walk down stairs Tuesday to a second Republican conference meeting to discuss the 'fiscal cliff' bill, which was passed by the Senate Monday night at the Capitol in Washington.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, center right, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., center left, walk down stairs Tuesday to a second Republican conference meeting to discuss the 'fiscal cliff' bill, which was passed by the Senate Monday night at the Capitol in Washington.
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Sen. Ron Johnson, who has become a rigid debt and deficit hawk in the Senate, compromised on his anti-tax position to support a deal that raises taxes on the nation's wealthiest citizens to avoid an automatic tax increase on the rest of them.

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, joined 38 Republicans in the Democrat-controlled Senate to vote for legislation aimed at keeping the nation from falling over a "fiscal cliff," the phrase used to descibe a set of tax increases and austere spending cuts that were to take effect on Jan. 1.

The 89-8 vote - the nays came from three Democrats and five Republicans - came in the ...

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