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Capitol Hill's tax reformers start American tour with Scotch Tape and baked goods

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Capitol Hill lawmakers charged with reforming the nation’s tax code are kicking off a listening tour of America on Monday with a pair of stops in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area.

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, will stop by the 3M company — makers of Scotch tape — in Maplewood, Minn., before visiting a fourth-generation, family-owned bakery in St. Paul.

“The visits are the first in a series of trips across the nation so the Chairmen of the two tax-writing committees can hear directly from Americans about how to spark a more prosperous economy and make today’s broken tax code fairer for families and job creators,” the lawmakers’ offices said in a joint statement.

3M boasts $30 billion in global sales and employs 88,000 people in 70 countries, according to the statement. Baldinger Bakery, founded in 1888 by Eastern European immigrants, has grown into “a state-of-the-art facility” that can crank out 65,000 buns per hour.

“On their tax reform tour, the tax-writing Chairmen will be talking to a range of Americans and businesses — from large multinational corporations with overseas operations like 3M, to small, family-run businesses and individual taxpayers,” the lawmakers’ offices said.

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