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A talk with the Senator


Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, January 1, 2001

What do you expect the highlights of the coming session to be?

Scheevel: This will be an intense session, youíve got new committee chairs and youíve got the budget surplus, which is going to drive the discussion as it has for the past four years. And there will be redistricting (due to the 2000 census) going on which is the most partisan activity of all.

What about permanent tax cuts?

I think you can anticipate there will be some additional tax cuts this year. I think the debate is not whether there will be some, but how they are going to be directed. Youíll see the House Republicans pushing for income tax cuts, and the Senate Democrats will be pushing more for property tax relief or reform. And the Governor is also talking about cutting all three tiers of the income tax. I suppose that X-stream Football League contract will be hitting him a little bit.

What do you see happening with property taxes?

I stayed on the property tax committee this year, because all the action is going to be there. Youíve got the governorís proposal to try to fund education 100% at state level, which is a $900 million-dollar property tax issue. In the senate I know that the Democrats are going to be coming forward with some sort of property tax relief and the governor would like to take a stab at simplifying it, and reducing property taxes overall.

Given how deregulation has worked or not worked Out West, is there a chance that that will be dealt with this year?

I would say the chance of electrical deregulation making any significant progress this year is very low. In California theyíve seen rates double and triple. I do think you are going to see a significant effort on the part of some to try and push forward a plan to get more power generating capacity in Minnesota. The studies now show that within five years, the Midwest power pool is going to be experiencing an energy shortage of 5,000 megawatts. That means somebodyís lights donít go on. I think itís imperative that we find ways of streamlining the siting and permitting process because even if we take action this session, itís going to take at least five years to get a new facility up and running.

Last year you said that Governor Venturaís actions had pushed the two parties together; do you think that has continued to be the case?
In some respects I would say so, although I call it the " .....
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditorís department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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The Plight that Failed

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, December 25, 2000

I did not make any New Yearís Resolutions for this year. My wife told me the one that I made last year was enough to last her for a lifetime. It wasnít so much that she told me not to, it was the way that she made her ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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The Post-Holiday Blues

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, January 1, 2001

I like the holiday season. In fact, I love the holidays. You get to see all your relatives. There is always more food than you can eat. Christmas music is played everywhere: in town streets, at home, on the radio, and i ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, Decmber 25, 2000

Alexander Skutch is one of the great naturalists of our time. Almost seventy years ago, he went to Central America to study plants, but the tropical birds there quickly captured most of his attention. For ten years, he ..... 
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Bird Brains

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday,December 11, 2000

While some may beg to disagree, I believe most birds are smart, real smart. Far more intelligent, in fact, than science ever gives them credit for. Unlike many ornithologists (bird scientists) who evaluate avian though ..... 
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Escape from America

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Iím a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like itís going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Sonnenbergís Hill

Sun, Dec 31st, 2000
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Monday, January 1, 2001

Snow is a necessary evil here in Minnesota, but it isnít as evil as I was once led to believe. One of my earliest memories is of a snowfall. I recall running around outdoors in the late afternoon of a very gray, very ch ..... 
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