Farm Loan Program Wins Approval In Time For Spring

Unseasonably warm weather is making Minnesota farmers itchy to get into the fields, but some have not ordered seeds while they wait to know their financial standing. Soon, they should have that answer if Gov. Mark Dayton does as expected and signs legislation to pump $35 million into a farmer loan program. Minnesota senators voted…
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Legislation Would Pay Minnesotans For Wisconsin Tax Losses

The Minnesota House Taxes Committee chairman is tired of dealing with Wisconsin about income taxes. So Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, drew up a provision he plans to insert into his tax bill this year that would reimburse Minnesotans who pay higher taxes working in Wisconsin than if they worked in Minnesota. For decades, the states…
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Chatter: Partial Quick Start For Minnesota Legislature

The first new law of 2017 came nine days into the annual legislative session. Now, that’s zippy in a process that often drags on until May, especially when the issue is taxes, like the legislation Gov. Mark Dayton signed Friday, Jan. 13. And a couple other issues are moving fast, sort of. A bill to…
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Immigrants Plead For Minnesota Driver’s Licenses

Jose Sanchez says his immigrant community fears living without driver’s licenses. “Our community needs licenses to get around, to get to work, to get to school,” he told a Minnesota House committee Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. “I ask that you listen to us and deal with your heart,” he pleaded before the Republican-controlled committee voted…
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Representative Reveals House Bloodline

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service A Minnesota state representative was sworn into office in a newly renovated state Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 112 years to the day after his great-grandfather took his oath in the newly built Capitol. Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, was among 200 legislators sworn in Tuesday in the Capitol,…
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