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Farm tax not part of special session

August 22, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Both parties blame each other Continue Reading

Guns at Capitol scare some visitors

August 22, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Committee debates security issues Continue Reading

Leaders change direction; try to avoid special session

August 20, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Minnesota legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton talked for days about the need to hold a special session to help communities recover from late-June floods and storms, but Friday night decided to look at ways to provide money short of calling all 201 legislators back to St. Paul. Continue Reading

Lawmakers seek special session to stop warehouse tax

August 6, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Some Minnesota businesses are pushing the pause button on constructing new facilities, awaiting word about whether state legislators will allow a new tax to be collected. Continue Reading

2014 election: DFL vs. GOP state budgets

July 30, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Pay attention to the Minnesota state budget: There will be a test. Continue Reading

Ingebrigtsen weighs run for governor

July 18, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Governor Bill Ingebrigtsen?
State Senator Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, is contemplating the idea.
His name has been popping up in political circles as a possible contender for challenging DFL Governor Mark Dayton in 2014. Continue Reading

Douglas County commissioners vote on wheelage tax July 23

July 15, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Douglas County commissioners will be voting on whether or not to implement an additional motor vehicle tax at their regularly scheduled board meeting on July 23. A “Wheelage Tax” is being considered by counties statewide. If approved in Douglas County, residents will be paying an additional $10 per vehicle to renew their license plate tabs beginning in 2014. Continue Reading

Alexandria hears good news about state aid money

July 11, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

“A solid year but more work needs to be done.”
That’s how Elizabeth Wefel, a lobbyist with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, summed up the last session of the Minnesota Legislature from the perspective of smaller cities such as Alexandria. Continue Reading

Farm bill backers, including Peterson, pledge to try again

June 25, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

U.S. House agriculture leaders will try, try again to pass a five-year farm bill.
“It’s been four years and we are not going to give up now,” U.S. Representative Collin Peterson said Thursday after the House defeated on a 234-195 vote a bill setting federal agriculture and nutrition policy for five years. Continue Reading

More at stake in farm bill than ag issues

June 25, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

In the debate over the farm bill, there’s more at stake than agricultural issues.
It contains funding for rural development loans and grants provided through the United States Department of Agriculture. Continue Reading