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Davids and Ropes meet with Lanesboro City Council


Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Senator Sharon Ropes and Representative Greg Davids spent some time in Lanesboro this week. They spoke to the public and the City Council during the joint meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on July 6.

Ropes said that she and Davids have been working well together during the hard economic times. She asked the council how Lanesboro is doing as far as their budget.

"The next couple of years are still going to be very challenging," said Ropes. She added there has been talk that when the next legislative session starts in February, the state will again be looking at a six billion dollar budget deficit.

Ropes mentioned the unallotment, which will not affect Lanesboro. Cities with a population of under 1,000 will not have any cuts made to their LGA (Local Government Aid).

There will be some shifts made in funding for K-12 education. Ropes explained the payments to schools will be pushed to next year. She added that with no money to follow that shift, there will still be a hole. Unless there is some revenue coming in, it will become a cut to the K-12 system.

"The economy continues to be very grave, and Minnesota is not immune," said Ropes.

Davids said when he started his work as a representative this year, the deficit was projected to be around $1.1 billion. It continued to get larger every month after the election. "Where there's a problem is when the markets go down, the state bases too much of its budget on the Capital Gains taxes. There's always a debate about taxing the rich. That can create problems, though."

Davids said he has been talking to economists and they are trying to find ways to generate more revenue. "Unless things turn around, in February things will not be good."

Davids gave out his card with contact information and asked for ideas.

Both Davids and Ropes spoke about the Health and Human Services budget. Davids said there were cutbacks on the increases this year, but no actual cuts. He said the Health and Human Services budget will soon surpass K-12 education. Ropes said someday it will be larger than the entire state budget.

The legislators asked the council if they had any questions or ideas, and wanted to know how Lanesboro is doing. Before the meeting they had taken a tour of the city and looked at the dam and the hydro.

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Preston local government aid more than anticipated

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said at the council's July 6 meeting that the reduction of funds from the state is "good news compared with what we thought it would be." This last month Governor Tim Pawlenty made known a $300 million reduction in Loc ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting June 16, 2009.

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

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The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

Citizens Present: Beth Mitchell, At ..... 
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Fillmore County may participate in a Chemical and Mental Health Program redesign

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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County continues agreement with Fillmore Family Resources

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Amy Becker, Fillmore Family Resources, Inc., explained the service their organization performs for victims of crime to the county board at their June 23 meeting. Fillmore Family Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides a needed service fo ..... 
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Rushford halts airport hangar construction

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the June 22nd meeting, the city council began by putting a temporary halt on a plan for development at the Municipal Airport. The action plan calls for the design and construction of a 6-unit T-hangar project. While the city is eligible for a sta ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council, citizens discuss Bunge's request

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several Lanesboro residents turned out for the public hearing with questions and concerns on June 22. Andy and Eric Bunge of Bunge Construction have requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for property they own downtown.

The Bunges would li ..... 
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Spring Valley Council take final action on 2009 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council took final action on the 2009 budget on Monday night (June 22, 2009) and Mayor Struzyk warned that, "This year, 2009 is not as tough as next year will be in balancing the budget."

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Ropes speaks and listens in Chatfield

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL continued a trip around her district addressing the Chatfield City Council at their June 22 meeting. She stressed that we all need to get through this together in part by keeping in touch as much as possible.< ..... 
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