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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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by MATT SCHOEN SUPERINTENDENT, DELANO PUBLIC SCHOOLS By the time this article goes to print, the Minnesota State Legislature will still be in session.  Both the House and the Senate have passed their education bills respectively. Key elements of the House Education Finance bill include a two percent per year increase on the funding formula [...]

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by Rep. Jerry Hertaus Dist. 33A Friday marks the end of the biggest week at the legislature thus far. Over the past five days, the House passed billions of dollars in spending bills, including the largest portion of the state budget, the Health and Human Services Omnibus bill, which spends approximately $11 billion dollars over [...]

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by REP. JOE MCDONALD MINNESOTA HOUSE DIST. 29A The Minnesota Legislature is taking steps toward making history – and not in a good way. House Democrats recently passed bills that would have hard-working Minnesotans paying in the neighborhood of $3 billion in new taxes and fees. This would be the largest tax increase in 30 [...]

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by Jerry Hertaus Dist. 33A State Rep The Governor has stated time and again that budgets are about priorities. One of the top stated priorities for both parties this legislative session has been increasing funding for K-12 education. Republicans and Democrats alike can agree that there are few things more important than ensuring a quality [...]

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by MATT SCHOEN, SUPERINTENDENT DELANO PUBLIC SCHOOLS We are in the midst of our legislative session that will decide the future of funding of Delano Public Schools. According to the Minnesota State Constitution, it is the duty of our state legislature to provide for a uniform public education system for our youth. Delano Public Schools [...]

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February forecast reveals fourth consecutive state surplus Rep. Joyce Peppin Guest Columnist State Representative Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, responded Feb. 28 to the positive economic news revealed in the February budget forecast. For the fourth budget cycle in a row, Minnesota has a surplus, this one amounting to $295 million. In addition, a projected $4.4 billion [...]

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By Sen. Warren Limmer Guest Columnist “Today is a good day for Minnesota,” said State Senator Warren Limmer.  “We have an improved state budget forecast. The February forecast released this morning at the Capitol shows a projected fiscal year 2014-15 budget deficit of $627 million. This is an improvement of $463 million from the November [...]

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