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Rep. Davids authors bill to phase out corporate tax


Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - The Tax Foundation recently confirmed what many business owners who have looked to expand or relocate their companies to this state have long known: Minnesota has an awful business climate.

Minnesota ranked 43rd nationally in terms of business climate according to the organization, due in large part to the state's oppressive business tax rates and burdensome regulations.

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston), who chairs the powerful Minnesota House Taxes Committee, understands this is one of the main reasons southeastern Minnesota continues to lose jobs to Wisconsin and Iowa. This is why he's proposing to phase out Minnesota's corporate income tax in an effort to entice existing companies to expand and to lure out-of-state corporations to relocate here.

"If we don't give businesses a reason to come to Minnesota, we will continue to lose jobs and revenues to other states," Davids said.

"Though revenue would be lost from the corporate income tax, I believe we would not only replace but substantially increase revenue to the treasury because more people would be working and paying income taxes."

Under Davids' bill, Minnesota's 9.8 percent corporate franchise tax would decrease by 1 percent this year, and would be phased out entirely by the year 2020.

"Businesses in this state are tired of the tax uncertainty," Davids said. "Many held off on hiring new employees over the past few years because they thought the Legislature was going to increase their taxes. Just imagine the possibilities of job creation and economic recovery in this state if job providers know they can invest in their company without fear of state government wanting more than its fair share."

Spring Valley approves two renewing liquor licenses

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The first order of business for the Spring Valley City Council was administering the oath of office to Todd Jones, Tony Archer, and Mayor Struzyk by City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jones is new to the Council and will also serve on the Public Safety ..... 
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Lanesboro looks to the future

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Julie Kiehne, head of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, gave her annual report to the city council during their regular meeting on January 3. She handed out the new Visitor's Guide, a city map and trail map, as well as a brochure. She spoke ab ..... 
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Preston adopts ambulance policy and procedure manual

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

After revisions and much discussion the Preston City Council adopted the ambulance manual at their January 3 meeting. Newly elected council members Kay Spangler and Charles Sparks were sworn in by City Administrator Joe Hoffman.

Ambulance di ..... 
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County board completes New Year housekeeping business

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

The first meeting in 2011 of the Fillmore County Board began with the swearing in of newly elected officials. Judge Robert Benson administered the oaths of office. In this case all the newly elected officials were returning to their previous positio ..... 
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Rep. Davids sworn in as Minnesota House convenes session

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was sworn in Tuesday, January 4 as he continues his tenure in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Rep. Davids represents District 31B, which includes all or portions of Houston and Fillmore ..... 
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November Canton City Council

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 ,with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Hank Selden Ross Duckett, Carl Ernst, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Visitors present were Barb ..... 
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January Whalan City Council

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Whalan City Council met on Monday, January 3, 2011. In addition to Mayor Johnson, those present were the following: Jim Gustavson, Everett Johnson, Johnny Halverson, Margaret Chiglo and Lolly Melander. Also present was Dav ..... 
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Fillmore County lays out 2011 legislative priorities

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL) 27B, Rep. Greg Davids (R) 31B, Senator Dan Sparks (DFL) 27, and Senator-elect Jeremy Miller (R) 31 listened to county commissioners and department heads as they laid out Fillmore County legislative priorities for the upcoming ..... 
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