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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:03 AM

Recently the Minnesota House Republicans unveiled their two-year budget. Though there were some good things in the budget, something was severely lacking — adequate school funding. With a nearly $2 billion budget surplus, the Legislature has a tremendous opportunity to re-invest in Minnesota’s future. Unfortunately their budget, crafted in large part by Tax Chair Greg Davids (R-Preston), fails to even come close to meeting the needs of schools.

  • Recently the Minnesota House Republicans unveiled their two-year budget. Though there were some good things in the budget, something was severely lacking — adequate school funding. With a nearly $2 billion budget surplus, the Legislature has a tremendous opportunity to re-invest in Minnesota’s future. Unfortunately their budget, crafted in large part by Tax Chair Greg Davids (R-Preston), fails to even come close to meeting the needs of schools.

     
  • Greg Rendahl recently expressed his disappointment with my opposition to Gov. Dayton's idea requiring 50-foot buffer zones along rivers and streams (Bluff Country Reader letter April 20 edition). He thinks I'm catering to the interests of a few "greedy" farmers.

     
  • This is a response to comments from Fred Arnold in area newspapers a couple weeks ago.

     
  • At the Houston County commissioners’ meeting April 14, the county engineer, an architect and county personnel in financing did a presentation for a new highway department building.  Those in financing explained how funds can be made available without raising taxes.

     
  • Today, April 14, I attended the portion of the Houston County board meeting that dealt with the proposed new highway department buildings. Unfortunately for the taxpayers of this county history is about to repeat itself.  
  • I have the privilege of being part of a non-profit organization that was started last June out of the Spring Grove Communications office building. The organization is called TaskTakers and we coordinate volunteers to help people in our community with basic tasks, from changing a light bulb to providing a ride to an appointment.

     
  • The frac sand debate in Houston County has mushroomed into a question of government accountability.  It turns out that Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Scanlon has retaliated against not only frac sand opponents, but also farmers. 

     
  • All of us, especially hunters and anglers, should care about Minnesota's environment, and want game and non-game wildlife such as pheasants, migratory birds, fish and pollinators to call our state home. That’s why we should support Gov. Dayton’s initiative to require a 50-foot buffer of vegetation along our lakes and streams.

     
  • There were a couple of long articles in local newspapers last week still trying to sell the strict regulation story. Dan Griffin, Houston County Planning Commission chair, and three of the Houston County board members, Judy Storlie, Steve Schuldt and Teresa Walter, say they won’t support a ban and want strict regulation. Let’s dig a little deeper into some of the misleading statements found in those stories.

     
  • The results of a 2014 investigation into the actions of the Houston County zoning administrator has been released.

     
  • In recent weeks, lots of articles and letters to the editor have been written and many radio and television interviews have been conducted on both sides of the industrial sand mining issue in Houston County. But one article deserves some attention.  

     
  • I spent some time with a knowledgeable, experienced attorney last Tuesday morning and we talked about sand mining and “findings of fact.”  
  • The frac sand debate in Houston County has mushroomed into a question of government accountability.  It turns out that Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Scanlon has retaliated against not only frac sand opponents, but also farmers. 

     
  • This last week I sent two emails to Chairman Schuldt, the commissioner who is my representative.  He did not respond to either one.

     
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