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Rep. Davids responds to State of the State Address


Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said Governor Mark Dayton gave an interesting State of the State Address on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representative recently.

Davids said the governor outlined many areas where he wants to see state government grow, but other than raising state income taxes, did not share any other details as to how he would eliminate Minnesota's $6.2 billion budget deficit.

"The Governor expressed great disappointment that the decisions made by previous politicians have forced him to address this historic budget shortfall," Davids said. "I wholeheartedly agree with him. If our previous legislative leadership would have enacted some permanent spending reductions over the past four years, it would have greatly lessened our current budget woes. We are now left to make up for their failures."

Davids said he also agrees with Governor Dayton's priority to bring more jobs to Minnesota. But Davids disagrees with Dayton's ideas to increase government borrowing, create more debt, and increase taxes.

Davids, the powerful chairman of the Minnesota House Taxes Committee, said the keys to balancing the budget will be reducing automatic spending increases and forcing government to live within its means - not by adopting unnecessary tax increases.

"Minnesota will actually collect five percent more than it did over the last biennium, but the problem is state spending is projected to grow by 27 percent," Davids said. "Within a $32 billion budget, we should be able to prioritize education, transportation, and public safety without forcing unnecessary tax increases on hard working Minnesotans."

One Moment Please - Cruelty to Animals?

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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This past week has been interesting to say the least. On Monday, I received a phone call from someone in Wykoff expressing their concern for an advertisement that ran in the M ..... 
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View of America Watching America

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Have you ever wondered what people in other parts of the world think of us Americans? Perhaps you've travelled to another country and gotten a feel for this. And you've likely heard stories about how nasty the French can be, especially to Americans ..... 
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Congress keeps ceding power to the President - 1/24/11

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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I've never been able to figure out why Congress seems so interested in giving up power. When you're sworn in as a member on Capitol Hill, you take an oath to uphold the Constitution, which places Congress first in the firmament of national governanc ..... 
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One Moment Please - We make progress when we buy local - 1/24/11

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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Today marks the second consecutive year in which we have dedicated our resources to sharing the "State of the Union" for Fillmore County in what has been titled the Progress E ..... 
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One Moment Please - Our Super Bowl

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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In July, the 2011 MS TRAM will be rolling through this area with a resting place in Lanesboro on the eve of Wednesday, July 27.

A bike ride like the MS TRAM presents a ..... 
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It may be up to us

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Our best intentions about health care may be a dream for another century. Who, really, is big enough to take on the most profitable industry in the economy? Taking on Wall Street bankers and the Auto Makers is baby food compared to Big Pharma and th ..... 
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The Monopoly game and economic recovery

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
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Americans seem to constantly ask the pressing question: of "When will economic recovery be accomplished?" We are not patient people and demand instant return to economic stability.

I recall from my past, the time spent playing that famous bo ..... 
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A New Year's resolution for politicians

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The last few years have been especially tough for many and for the country as a whole. I don't know if the last decade has yet been named, but "turbulent" would sum it up. We have endured two wars, 9/11 and the worst recession in history.

T ..... 
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