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A talk with the Senator


Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

Prior to the opening session of the 2001 Minnesota Legislature on January 3, the Journal invited State Representative Greg Davids in to discuss the legislative session and what he expects to be its highlights and issues. The following is excerpted from a wide-ranging hour-long interview with Journal editors, Al Mathison and John Torgrimson.

What do you expect to be the highlights of the coming session?

Davids: We’re looking at another budget surplus even though there’s talk of the national economy trending down. Minnesota is still trending up, we have a very strong economy. The big debate will again be tax rebates and tax cuts. I’m sure we’ll increase some spending on K-12 education, nursing homes, some areas like that. But the thing that we have to watch out for during these good times and spending increases, even though we’re cutting taxes and giving money back, if we do go into recession then how do we pay all the bills that we’ve established over the past several good years. We have to watch it very carefully, especially if this hot economy slows down.

Will there be a call for a tax cut?

Already there is an automatic tax rebate this summer. There will also be calls for some permanent income tax cuts. We are still taxing too much. I think we have to watch how much we cut because if we do go into a downturn the worst thing that a legislative body can do is to raise taxes. I think the big issues will be the budget. There will be a lot of arguing and debate over where money should be spent and how much should be sent back and those types of issues

You’ve been named chairman of an expanded Commerce Committee, do you expect that electrical deregulation will be an issue again?

There’s been a few changes. They’ve taken regulated industries out of the Commerce Committee and formed a separate committee. But then they gave me the jobs, economic development and workers comp. They made commerce kind of a mega-committee. So I do sit on the Regulated Industries Committee though I don’t chair it. Deregulation will be debated again and I’m looking forward to being in the middle of that one.

Given the difficulties that are taking place in California do you think deregulation has a chance?

There are some very influential groups, such as the Chamber of Commerce and some of the large employers in the state who will be coming forth wanting de-reg. I go back to my sam .....
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Election 2000:

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditor’s department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sam goes visiting

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 1, 2001

People have been telling me about how much the residents of nursing homes love to see pets such as dogs and cats, so I thought that it would be nice if Sam and I paid them a visit. It was a couple of days after Christma ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Where is Technology Headed?

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

No one is really exactly sure where technology is headed. But one thing is for sure. Some day I'll be telling my grandkids amazing, unbelievable stories about a time before the internet. Maybe they will be in awe at tal ..... 
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Simply to be trusted by a shy wild creature enhances one's self-respect. -Alexander Skutch

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, Decmber 25, 2000

Alexander Skutch is one of the great naturalists of our time. Almost seventy years ago, he went to Central America to study plants, but the tropical birds there quickly captured most of his attention. For ten years, he ..... 
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What’s In A Name?

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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeo’s Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess I’m a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like it’s going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Sonnenberg’s Hill

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Monday, January 1, 2001

Snow is a necessary evil here in Minnesota, but it isn’t as evil as I was once led to believe. One of my earliest memories is of a snowfall. I recall running around outdoors in the late afternoon of a very gray, very ch ..... 
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