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Rep. Davids: Latest tax bill fixes mistakes made by majority party and Gov. Dayton


Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch

Governor Dayton has signed legislation that eliminates some onerous new taxes approved by legislative Democrats and the governor himself last spring, and allows Minnesotans to claim neededincome tax deductions prior to the April 15 filing deadline.

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) approved the measure.

“Many hardworking taxpayers will receive larger refund checks because we were able to pass a number of federal income tax conformity positions into law,” Davids said. “If you have already filed your state income taxes, know that the Department of Revenue will review your submission and will be contacting you if you qualify for the new deductions.”

In addition to conforming to federal income tax guidelines, the proposal eliminates three controversial business-to-business taxes: warehousing and storage, equipment repair, and telecommunications

machinery.

“We told our Democratic majority repeatedly that unnecessarily raising taxes last year was a bad idea,” Davids said. “It took several months, but hardworking taxpayers made their voices heard and these taxes will soon be coming off the books.”

One Moment, Please... Forming habits for the better

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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I’ve had quite a few people ask me how the family energy challenge has been working out, so I wanted to provide an update. On Monday, February 3, 2014, I published a commentary titled “One Moment Please... A Family Energy Challenge.” As I men ..... 
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“Bullying”

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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In America chances are, if you are bullied as a child, you will grow up to be a comedian. Groucho Marx told about a swimming pool that was “closed” to Jews. He observed that his wife was “gentile”. He asked, “Does that mean our kids can ..... 
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Fixing Congress

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproduc ..... 
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Corned corn

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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So it’s St. Patrick’s Day: wear some green, eat a green cupcake, and possibly drink green beer. After spending almost a decade down in the Chicagoland area, where Irish heritage is a big, big deal, it’s quite a change of gears to be back in th ..... 
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Where Congress falls short...and where it doesn’t

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view. Congress, I sai ..... 
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Rep. Davids finds positives in latest state budget forecast

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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Jason Wenisch Minnesota House of Representatives Communications Specialist ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s budget analysts say our state’s economy continues to be healthy, as they report a projected $1.233 billion surplus for the remainder of the 201 ..... 
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Correction 3.17.14

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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In the March 10, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Village sticks with road option, waits for input story. It was printed that the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Rushford Village would be Tuesday, March 25 at ..... 
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Asset-based community development

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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By Tim Penny, SMIF President/CEO Too often communities focus on what they don’t have. And it is true that many community leaders struggle due to insufficient funding, limited resources, and inadequate infrastructure. But it is also true that if ..... 
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