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Minnesotans, prepare to dig deeper into your pocketbooks following actions of the 2013 Legislature. Companies are being asked to pay a very high premium for the privilege of doing business in Minnesota. Many changes in tax law take effect July 1 and many are retroactive to Jan. 1. These new taxes include individual income tax, [...]

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Once in a while, a different way of doing things comes along and you just want to share it. In most cities, residents are assessed for repairing and overlaying streets. Sometimes that amounts to thousands of dollars for property owners. In my hometown of Elk River, the council has just approved a new way of [...]

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Let’s try this again – retirement, that is. In June 2007, I retired from the Star Tribune after almost 24 years with that newspaper. Six months later, I accepted a position with ECM Publishers as general manager in Dakota County. After four years managing Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune, ECM expanded by purchasing [...]

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“Minnesota’s future workforce is sitting in a Minnesota classroom today.” These powerful words from Gov. Mark Dayton took root this session, delivering the most comprehensive education investment in a decade, coupled with smart policy reforms that will improve the quality of education our children receive for years to come. From the moment the state Legislature [...]

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A concern is simmering over the federal school lunch requirements aimed at preventing children from becoming overweight (excess weight in general) and obese (excess fat). To be reimbursed by the government, school lunch directors must follow a menu that has more fruits and vegetables and smaller portions of meat, breads and dinner rolls. All breads [...]

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Despite being a freshman member serving in the minority caucus in the House, I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish. The finalized version of the tax bill included a sales tax exemption provision for cities and counties that I had authored. Another one of my bills that helps to prevent the theft of [...]

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Any discussion of public education — its needs, its strengths and weaknesses — generates a vast array of ideas, blame, expenses and controversy. It is almost surprising to find one premise that is universally agreed upon by administrators, politicians of all persuasions and teachers. It is this: A child needs to be reading at or [...]

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There was a sea change in the political landscape in 2012 when voters handed the DFL Party a majority in both houses of the Legislature to partner with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. If there was any doubt that the party in control would retreat from its campaign promises, the legislative session that ended Monday, May [...]

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