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Greg Davids wraps up legislative session, looks ahead to election

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Greg Davids recently finished up his two-year term as the Republican Representative from District 31B in Minnesota, and is running for re-election this fall. While many politicians were working on the Vikings Stadium issue, Davids, who is the Chairperson of the Tax Committee, was working on a large tax bill designed to give tax relief to many Minnesotans. According to Davids, the tax bill was met with no objections.

Davids said it was nicknamed the “Smokin’ Hot Tax Bill.”

“It was the tax bill that nobody objected to, except for the governor,” said Davids.

Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the bill in May, two weeks after the end of the session, surprising many people.

“There was no reason for him to veto this bill,” said Davids. “It can only be for political reasons.”

Davids said Dayton had vetoed a previous tax bill, and gave reasons that he didn’t sign it. The legislature worked at fitting the bill to his specifications, but it was still turned down.

“This bill would have given property tax relief, relief to students, and first-time home buyers,” shared Davids. “This bill provided more jobs than the bonding bill and the Vikings stadium combined.”

Davids said his goal was to get the unemployed off the bench and working. He said this bill would have provided tens of thousands of jobs.

Davids was not pleased that so much time was spent on the Vikings Stadium bill, and

The circumstances surrounding the veto were unusual to Davids. He said normally he would receive a phone call informing him of the veto, but this time he learned it from Twitter. Davids also asked Governor Dayton to meet with him several times to discuss the bill, but received no response. He has not received a response from him since the veto, either.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation,” said Davids.

In November of 2010, when Davids was elected, the state of Minnesota had a $6.2 billion shortfall. According to Davids, there was a $1.3 billion surplus in April of 2012.

A problem with Minnesota government, as well as everywhere else, is the divide between Republicans and Democrats. Davids said he does not look at a Republican or Democrat, but what is a good idea. He believes the Smokin’ Hot Tax Bill was very balanced in that way, making both parties happy, and uniting laborers and businesses, something .....
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Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Heightened Enforcement Focus in Twin Cities on Holiday Eve and Weekend

ST. PAUL - Added servings of DWI enforcement will be dished out in the Twin Cities during Thanksgiving - historically one of the year's deadliest holiday t ..... 
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Science & Technology Authority Awards Grant for Internship Program

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Science & Technology Authority (MnSTA) has awarded a $129,000 grant to the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) to administer internships for 40 college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines ..... 
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Thu, Oct 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Medicare Open Enrollment season has begun. If that seems a bit early to you - you're right. This year the Open Enrollment period begins and ends early (Oct. 15th - Dec. 7th). In previous years the enrollment period began closer to No ..... 
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Mon, Sep 26th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Differences between Minnesota youth in correctional facilities and mainstream schools are detailed in Youth in Minnesota Correctional Facilities, a report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (O ..... 
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Sprinkler systems help stop 81 fires in 2010

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota


Numbers Illustrate How Sprinklers Save Lives and Property

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) today announced that 81 building fi ..... 
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Root River Bike Trail update

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Until the middle of July the only bridge being worked on is the big confluence bridge about 1.5 miles north of Lanesboro. The bridge is closed to trail users from 7am-6pm Mon- Fri, EXCEPT for this week where no bridge work will be done between Thurs ..... 
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Small-Business Owners Speak Out Against Dayton Tax Plan

Wed, Jun 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST.PAUL, Minn., June 28, 2011- Today, leaders of the National Federation of Independent Business, the state's largest business group in terms of entities with approximately 12,000 members statewide, held a press conference to oppose the large ..... 
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Minnesota cannot rely on policies of the past

Wed, Jun 15th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota cannot rely

on policies of the past


When most of us don't complete a task, or believe we don't have it just right, we put in a little overtime. It is no different at the State Le ..... 
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