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Special session provides disaster relief, fails to repeal business-to-business and farm equipment repair taxes BY Rep. Joyce Peppin MN House Dist. 34A   State Representative Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, announced that Hennepin County is one of 18 counties that will receive disaster relief funds appropriated by the State Legislature in a special session on Sept. 9. [...]

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by Rep. Jerry Hertaus District 33A   Governor Dayton has repeatedly maintained that his “balanced approach” solution for state spending was simply “asking” some Minnesotans to pay more. If you are legally compelled to do something by legislatively passing and using the force of law, you are not free to refuse without severe penalty of [...]

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New laws and a new budget in effect State Representative Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, announced that new laws passed during the 2013 legislative session are effect as of July 1, including the new budget tax increases signed by Governor Mark Dayton. “The month of July brings with it Fourth of July parades, picnics and fireworks, but [...]

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by MATT SCHOEN SUPERINTENDENT, DELANO PUBLIC SCHOOLS End of Year Accolades I congratulate the graduating class of 2013. This is always a special time of the year to celebrate successes of our students, especially our seniors. The commencement exercises that took place this past Sunday reminds us as an educational community where the tradition of [...]

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by Rep. Joe McDonald minnesota house dist. 29A Democrats in St. Paul finished the 2013 legislative session by passing a historic tax increase, wasteful government spending and divisive social policy. They have full control of the House, the Senate and the governor’s office and, with some fiscal restraint, could have balanced the budget without raising [...]

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One of the more contentious and hot-button bills we have debated this session is a bill that seeks to unionize childcare providers and Personal Care Attendants (PCAs). The bill has been opposed by the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, and many other editorial boards across the state. Democrats and Republicans alike have voiced opposition and [...]

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by Sen. David Osmek MINNESOTA SENATE DIST. 33 The Minnesota State Senate on April 29 narrowly passed the Omnibus Tax Bill (Senate File 552/House File 677). This large bill contains a variety of tax provisions and raises $1.84 billion in new taxes. The bill initially failed 34-32 with many suburban Democrats breaking with Republicans in [...]

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