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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 in...Read More
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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 ne...Read More
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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 chil...Read More
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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 por...Read More
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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 the...Read More
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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:...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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The number of students who have special needs in Minnesota is growing, and the funding system to educate them needs to be repaired. Each student with special needs has an individual education plan (IEP) that by law must be funded. All children including those with special needs have an equal right t...Read More
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