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Davids: We did some good things for rural Minnesota


Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

Journal Editor John Torgrimson sat down with Representative Greg Davids of Preston this week to look back at the recently concluded 2003 Minnesota legislative session. Here is a summary of Torgrimsons interview with Representative Davids:

Journal: Back in December, when we talked about the upcoming 2003 legislative session, you were quoted in the Journal as saying this is going to be the meanest, ugliest, roughest, rottenest session ever in the history of Minnesota state politics. The challenge was to deal with a $4.2 billion deficit. Was it the meanest, roughest, rottenest session?

Davids: Yes, my words were prophetic. This is my 7th term, 13th year, and I called it just exactly the way it turned out to be. And the reason it turned out that way is that we didnt have all the cards on the table. Normally when you go into a deficit situation you are looking at possibly making cuts in spending and raising revenue. And the revenue raising part was taken off the table. Which made it all that more difficult. With what we had to work with I think we came out as good as we possibly could have, because we didnt cut the classroom; we didnt cut the per student formula, in fact it was increased slightly, which is no consolation to schools with declining enrollments because they are going to lose money regardless. We held nursing homes harmless; we werent able to pump new dollars into nursing homes, but we didnt cut nursing homes. The one area that I was most disappointed in was the cuts to local governments, because in my mind if we cut local government we are in effect increasing taxes. I told several city leaders that if they get cut and have to raise taxes then they should blame the legislature.

Journal: Because of Palwntys no-new-taxes pledge you had to find revenue elsewhere, such as through surcharges and user fees. Taxes versus fees, isnt that really using smoke and mirrors when it gets down to it.

Davids: I didnt sign any no-new-tax pledges, and if there

would have been a reasonable compromise I could have supported it. But you play the cards youre dealt with.

There was a great debate on whats a fee and whats a tax. And while even the opposition party can say we didnt raise taxes, they can say, and rightly so, Whats a fee?

Well, the difference is a fee goes to someone who uses that item, .....
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Sanchez in court on ATV charges

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Juan Carlo Sanchez appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, July 7 for a Rule 8 hearing. Sanchez is being held in the Fillmore County Jail and is charged with 27 counts related to the theft of ATVs and other motor vehicles. This include ..... 
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County Board accepts reviews on GIS and Coordinator positions

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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In 2000, the board enlisted the services of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a firm that reviews county job descriptions, their ongoing changes, and current duties. The firm makes recommendations on classifications that e ..... 
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Four area churches merge into United Lutheran Church

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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We are four rural congregations joining together through the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer to share Gods loving ministry. We will teach and invite others while encouraging and equipping Gods children to grow in Christian faith.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Alley vacated, cooperative development moves ahead

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The public hearing on the vacation of the platted alley behind the old school building was first on the agenda of the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 7.

Eric Ruen, president of the Bethlehem Church Council, presented the ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Bonding, street improvements and travel expenses

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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A busy agenda engaged the council for all of three hours with Mayor Pro-temp Mike Gartner conducting the meeting in the absence of Mayor David Pechulis.

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates laid out his recommendations for sel ..... 
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Rushford Council chooses cemetery road for generator site

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council held a special meeting Monday night, July 7th to continue discussion of site selection for the citys planned back-up generator. At their June 23rd meeting the council felt the issue deserved a special meeting because of all ..... 
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Committee will present final report on Preston Recreational Facility on July 21

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The Steering Committee for the proposed Root River Recreational Facility in Preston will make their final report to the Preston City Council at their July 21 meeting.   The committee has been looking into the feasibility of b ..... 
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County Poor Farm served the needy in years gone by

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Before the days of nursing homes and the welfare system, counties in Minnesota used county farms, more commonly known as poor farms, to take care of the elderly and down trodden. Located near Henrytown on the Amherst, Canton township line, Fillmore ..... 
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