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Legislative session focused on budget, jobs


Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

As lawmakers return to St. Paul this week to kickoff the 2010 legislative session, state Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, said today that the Minnesota Senate has laid out an ambitious agenda focused on balancing the state's budget and growing new jobs in Minnesota.

"Our state faces serious challenges, and we need serious solutions. The economy has put too many out of work," said Sen. Ropes. "Our focus this session must be short and long-term budget solutions that cut government, prioritize spending, and direct smart investments to grow our economy and save jobs."

In November, Minnesota finance officials released the state's most recent economic forecast, which showed the state faces a projected $1.2 billion budget shortfall in the current two-year budget cycle. A sluggish economy and high unemployment is responsible for 70 percent of the shortfall.

Minnesota is not immune from the global economic crisis.

Forecasts predict a slow national recovery. During the 2011 legislative session, lawmakers may face a budget deficit of $5.4 billion. When inflation and other spending pressures are factored in, the projected deficit could top $8 billion.

"The past several months, senators have been working with former Democratic and Republican governors, state leaders, and finance experts to craft a balanced approach with a common-sense bipartisan budget solution," said Sen. Ropes. "I expect we will move quickly in the session to pass a substantial cutting bill to shrink the immediate deficit. Then we need to roll up our sleeves and work together on some very tough decisions. I voted against the past couple of years' budget bills. They relied on one-time money and accounting shifts that did not correct Minnesota's structural deficit problem. It's just wrong. The governor and legislature cannot simply keep putting short-term band-aids on a long-term problem and hope it goes away."

In addition to tackling the state's long-term budget challenge, Sen. Ropes said the legislature will be moving quickly to pass a series of bills aimed at jumpstarting the state's economy. These bills would put thousands of Minnesotans back to work and boost economic development in every corner of the state:

•a bipartisan capital investment package that will make long-term investments in colleges and universities, transportation projects, and other public infrastructure;

•a series of bills designed to spur private i .....
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Jim Casey's wish come true

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Government



Have you ever wondered if an ancestor of yours could have changed history? Well, Jim Casey doesn't wonder, he knows!

James Sheilds, a great, great uncle of Jim Casey on his father's side, was the only man to serve as a United States ..... 
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Potter Center bill advances in Minnesota Senate

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

State Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, and state Sen. Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester, who both represent the city of Chatfield, recently presented legislation before the Senate Economic Development Budget Division that would create 140 jobs and boo ..... 
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Library's legacy revisited at Rushford city council meeting

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the agenda of the Monday, February 8th, meeting included annual reports from several city departments and financial entities, it was likely the city library that garnered most of the attention.

Library Director Susan Hart and a represe ..... 
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Library's legacy revisited at Rushford city council meeting

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the agenda of the Monday, February 8th, meeting included annual reports from several city departments and financial entities, it was likely the city library that garnered most of the attention.

Library Director Susan Hart and a represe ..... 
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Harmony city council discusses lighting options

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

There were a lot of lights and lighting upgrades on the agenda of the Harmony City Council meeting February 9. Stuart Morem of Morem Electric had given the council estimates for new lighting in the Community Center. He gave prices for doing each hal ..... 
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Five-person tourism committee established by Spring Valley city council

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

A few weeks ago the Spring Valley City Council set up a Tourism Committee that would deal specifically with issues involving tourism. They would have a budget, operate the Visitor Information Center and coordinate advertising promoting Spring Valley ..... 
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Davids and Poppe comment on the 2010 legislative session

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The 2010 Minnesota legislative session convened on February 4. Without a doubt the greatest area of contention, and the area with the least room to maneuver for both sides, is the budget. In November a forecast was made of a $1.2 billion deficit. Fi ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward with Potter

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Chatfield councilors approved the Redevelopment Plan for Potter renovation, the title transfer from the Chatfield School District to the Chatfield EDA, along with financial and outside maintenance support and bookkeeping services, at their February ..... 
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