(St. Paul, MN) -- Democrats at the Minnesota Legislature fired back today (Wed) at Republicans who have been blasting them for talking about tax increases. Prompting the exchange is House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt's (DOWDS) comment on the opening day of session that Democrats' tax increases aren't needed to solve the state's billion-dollar budget shortfall. Daudt says Republicans "solved a much larger budget deficit without tax increases." Senate Democratic Majority Leader Tom Bakk (BOCK) responds Republicans' budget-balancing is "hardly a story of success" and includes a 20-day government shutdown, plus borrowing from schools and the tobacco settlement. Bakk says Republicans should "cool your jets a little bit."