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LAWMAKERS POISED TO ADDRESS ONGOING DROUGHT


Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

According to a report released last week by the U.S. Drought Monitor, large portions of northwest, west central, southwest, and south central Minnesota face extreme drought conditions. In fact, 67 percent of our state’s land was identified as experiencing extreme or severe drought.



This is an ongoing problem that presents serious consequences for our entire state.



Minnesota farmers and thousands of others who work in our agriculture industry bear the brunt of the economic pain when crops are lost due to drought, but it impacts consumers as well. Production shortfalls mean prices go up at a time when many families are still struggling as our country emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression.



Lawmakers at Minnesota’s Capitol are preparing to address ongoing water shortages. Next week, the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee is expected to discuss legislation that would establish new conservation measures, such as potential changes to water usage fees.



Abnormally dry weather conditions that began in Autumn 2011 do not appear to be ending any time soon. Unfortunately, higher than average snowfall over this past winter is not expected to bring much relief.



With soil still extremely dry in much of our state and lingering winter temperatures keeping the ground frozen, most of the moisture in the snow and ice now will be unable to soak into the ground when warmer weather arrives. Instead, it would run off into lakes, streams, and rivers—making the prospect of flooding more realistic.



Our region is no stranger to flooding. We’ve experienced over ten major floods in the past 30 years.



A half cent local sales tax approved by Austin voters in 2006 and bonding funds from the Legislature have provided significant resources to fund flood mitigation projects. I was proud to play a role in shaping the legislation that extended the local option sales tax to our city and I plan to keep working to secure funding to mitigate flood damage as I have done since first elected.



At the end of the day, increasingly unpredictable weather and other impacts from climate change mean we need to become more considerate and smarter when it comes to consuming natural resources.



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Franken, Members of Senate Judiciary Committee Introduce Legislation To Restore Consumer Choice: Users Can “Unlock” Their Cellphones Under Bipartisan Bill

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [3/12/13] –U.S Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation on Monday that would restore the ability of consumers to more easily transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers. The ..... 
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MNGOP Statement Regarding Governor Dayton's All-Tax Budget

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul – This morning, Governor Dayton announced he will drop the business to business portion of his tax plan. Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Pat Shortridge and Deputy Chairwoman Kelly Fenton issued the following statement: “This is ..... 
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REP. DAVIDS AUTHORS BILL TO PROTECT FAMILY FARMS

Thu, Mar 7th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Keeping a farm in the family is important to many rural Minnesota landowners, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is co-authoring legislation that would help achieve this goal. “In some cases in Fillmore and Houston cou ..... 
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The Minnesota Department of Commerce urges consumers to review flood insurance needs

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN — As winter conditions turn to spring melting, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding Minnesota homeowners to determine if they may need flood insurance coverage. Flood damage is not covered under a standard homeowner's po ..... 
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MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD AWARDS ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND GRANTS SUPPORTING ARTS TOURS THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN -The Minnesota State Arts Board today awarded 34 grants to Minnesota artists and organizations through the FY 2013 Arts Tour Minnesota program. These Arts Board grants, totalling $1,584,492, support Minnesota touring artists and arts o ..... 
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Executive Council approves new mining lease on Mesabi Range

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

An iron ore mining lease near Coleraine, Minn., that could bring between $50 million and $220 million to the state’s Permanent School Trust Fund during the life of the mine was unanimously approved today by Minnesota Executive Council. The leasi ..... 
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Klobuchar Statement on FCC Backing Effort to Unlock Cell Phones

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today made the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and the White House announced that they would back efforts to unlock cell phones, allowin ..... 
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Minnesota Department of Commerce Celebrates 15th Annual National Consumer Protection Week

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce is joining state agencies across the country, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the IRS, the FBI, advocacy organizations like the Better Business Bureau, and private sect ..... 
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