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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Legislative Session


Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

“The recently completed Minnesota legislative session took some positive steps forward for Farm Bureau and agriculture in Minnesota, but in the area of taxes, we may have taken a few steps backward,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “There was a flurry of activity, especially in the area of taxes, the last few days of session, and the results of that legislation have been coming to light in the last several days.”



On the positive side



Legislation was signed clarifying that agricultural property held in a Family Farm Trust, LLP or LLC will qualify for the extra $4 million exemption from the state estate tax for a total exemption of $5 million. The agriculture property must be the homesteaded 2a property of decedent for three prior to death and remain 2a property for three years after death. Farmers and ranchers need to check with their estate planners and accountants for further details.



A proposed increase in the water appropriation permit fee was not adopted. This is a permit needed for pumping large amounts of water for livestock farms or irrigation wells.



Issues of Concern



The state sales tax was extended to labor on repairing and maintaining equipment. We were assured this would not apply to farm machinery. The final version of the tax bill that passed did not specifically exempt labor on farm machinery repair. The tax will start to be collected on July 1 this year.



The state sales tax was extended to include warehousing and rental services. Agricultural products were exempted from this tax. We are working with Minnesota Department of Revenue as they define agricultural products. This provision does not go into effect until April 1, 2014.



A tax was imposed on gifts. The final details on how this tax will work are being developed. This tax could impact farmers and ranchers.



“It is clear that Farm Bureau will be very involved in tax issues during the 2014 legislative session that starts in late February next year,” said Paap. “In discussion with legislators, it was clear the intent was to not expand the state sales tax to include labor on farm machinery repair. Repealing this new tax will be a priority for Farm Bureau next year.”



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REP. DAVIDS: ALL MINNESOTANS WILL PAY MORE THANKS TO DEMOCRAT TAX INCREASE AGREEMENT

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota House and Senate Democrats have approved the largest tax increase in decades, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said all hardworking taxpayers will feel the impact. “Legislative Democrats told us they would ..... 
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HOUSE APPROVES ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES & AG BUDGET

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN — Lawmakers in the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the conference committee report on the Omnibus Environment, Natural Resources, & Agriculture finance bill this evening by a vote of 71 to 60. The bill takes serious steps to ..... 
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AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE

Wed, May 15th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand minin ..... 
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AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE

Mon, May 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand minin ..... 
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Commissioner Rothman teams up with AARP to talk about elder fraud, financial abuse prevention

Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Statewide Tele-town hall focused on the fight against senior fraud SAINT PAUL, MN – Within this decade, there will be more Minnesotans over the age of 65 than children enrolled in our public schools. Senior citizens across the country hold the ..... 
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Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Third Judicial District Candidates to Governor Dayton

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon the retire ..... 
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Illegal to text, email, surf web while driving

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - A ticket for texting and driving will make you feel :-( and chances of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone will increase as Minnesota law enforcement agencies conduct a one-day distracted driving education and enforcement effort A ..... 
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Minnesota Would Receive Over $6.8 Million Under Obama Administration Budget Proposal to Help Homeowners Reduce their Energy Bills

Wed, Apr 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014 includes an increase for low-income home weatherization services, including $6.8 million to help needy families in the state of Minnesota. The proposal represents a continued comm ..... 
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