Reaction Mixed To Property Tax Plan

Buzz Anderson Cities can accept a large property tax reform bill, counties don’t know what to think about it and non-profit organizations love it. And its chief author is optimistic that he can convince Gov. Tim Pawlenty to accept at least part of the measure. The bill written by Rep. Paul Marquart and others features…
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Guvs: States Can Save

Govs. Jim Doyle, left, and Tim Pawlenty   Minnesota and Wisconsin each could see a one-time savings of $10 million by sharing resources – from prison food plans to fish eggs – and buying in bulk, the states’ governors said.   Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said Tuesday their states will…
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Plan Raises Sales, Not Property, Tax

Rep. Paul Marquart Counties would get new taxing authority, local levy limits disappear and some charitable organizations would be relieved of paying property taxes under a Democratic tax plan unveiled Monday. To make up for anticipated state aid reductions, the proposal allows counties to impose a 0.5 percent sales tax increase instead of raising property…
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House ‘takes Care’ Of Bonding Basics

Rep. Morrie Lanning Minnesotans are fighting flood waters along the Red River and elsewhere while their lawmakers are fighting about the cost of preventing prevent future floods. The fight spilled over into other areas, too, as House leaders Monday introduced a much smaller public works bill than senators passed earlier this month. Rep. Alice Hausman,…
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Lawmakers: Flood Fight Continues

Red River Valley lawmakers said their communities’ fight against flooding is not over. Rep. Morrie Lanning told the Minnesota House today that his hometown of Moorhead evacuated residents in one-third of the city amid rising floodwaters. Now the Red River slowly is starting to drop, he said, but a second or third crest is possible.…
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