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Many farmers are seeing dramatic property tax increases thanks to Democrats


Thu, May 29th, 2014
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By State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) and State Senator Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls)

As legislative Democrats now pat themselves on the back for supposedly providing tax relief to farmers, the facts show that most of them will actually pay significantly higher property taxes due to the DFL’s actions.

Thanks to the unprecedented tax increases that Democrats implemented on farmers last year, most of those who make their living on the land won’t even notice this alleged relief. It’s a lot like someone stealing $100 out of your wallet and replacing it with $10 in hopes that you’ll forget the original theft.

The Democrats are hoping farmers have short memories.

In the spring of 2013, Democrats and Governor Dayton agreed to impose new sales taxes on farm repairs. At Farmfest last summer, the governor promised to remove this tax during an upcoming special session. The special session ended with no relief.

In early 2014, Democrats promised, with House File 1777, to rescind the farm repair sales tax and provide refunds to those who had paid it. On April 1 the tax was rescinded, yet Democrats refused to issue refunds of the estimated $10.5 million that was collected from farmers up to that date.

Now Democrats are hailing the passage of a proposal that provides $16.9 million to farmers through the Agriculture Homestead Credit, which is hypocritical.

Remember, farmers had already paid more than $10 million to state government through the equipment repair sales tax. Add in the fact that agriculture land property taxes have gone up by more than $116 million in the last two years and farmers can legitimately say they’ve been fleeced by their Democratic-led state government.

Non-partisan Minnesota House research staffers have come up with some alarming agriculture property tax statistics.

For instance, the average farmer in Le Sueur County who owned 250 acres paid $3,948 in property taxes in 2012. That same farmer will now pay $5,827 in 2014, which is a 47.6 percent increase in just two years.

The average farmer in Martin County who owned 450 acres in 2012 paid $6,623 in property taxes. In 2014, he’ll pay $8,494.

In Stevens County, a farmer who paid $7,002 in property taxes for his 570 acres two years ago will now pay $8,580.

These are real property tax increases implemented by Demo .....
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Legislative wrap up

Thu, May 29th, 2014
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By Jeremy Miller Senator serving Fillmore, Houston and Winona Counties The 2014 legislative session wrapped up with the legislature adjourning Sine Die on Friday, May 16. While this session was hectic and demanding, it was also very productive. We ..... 
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Why I am a Democrat

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, May 26th, 2014
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Steve Colbert recently pointed out that the “2 percent” of wealthy people in the United States are a “minority”, therefore Democrats should be nice to them! On C-SPAN an elderly man was interviewed. He said that being part of the “top 1 pe ..... 
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Guest Commentary

Mon, May 26th, 2014
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By Eleanore Jones Taxpayers fund one-third of abortions in Minnesota, according to figures released in early April by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This is cause for serious concern and discussion. Consider, first, some history. Begin ..... 
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Obamacare will cost Minnesota’s schools $200 million

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
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If you weren’t a fan of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before, you’re about to like it even less. We’ve heard from the people who were kicked off of their health insurance thanks to Obamacare. We’ve heard from those who are not able to see th ..... 
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Bad to be good

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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Is there any value to being good? It seems to me that, the more I read and the more I experience, being good can be more of a liability than a virtue in the years that have followed the terrorist attacks, the two wars, and the 2007 meltdown. Think ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The Choking Game?

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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Parents of school-aged children have a lot of things to keep their eyes on as they raise them to adulthood. And, those years seem to be just as much learning years for the parents as they are for their children. When our children have homework, t ..... 
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SWCD commentary: Matching machinery size to the landscape

Fri, May 9th, 2014
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By Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley Pamela Mensink, Preston Travis Willford, Harmony An article recently published by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa speaks to proble ..... 
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Logic of the left: Examining the mindset of ultra liberals

By Jeff Erding

Fri, May 9th, 2014
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“Only in America would people who want to balance the federal budget and follow the Constitution be demonized and labeled as “radicals” and “conservative wing-nuts!” “Quote from my friend Kerry, a businessman from British Columbia, Canad ..... 
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