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These last minute legislative sessions have their quirks. And this year was no exception.
Somehow, a $35 million tax break appeared for the tobacco industry. The Tax Chair Greg Davids had discussed how "unfair" he thought the tax was with its indexing and that it hurt lower income people more. But exactly how it got into the final tax bill is still not fully understood.
In addition to that, there is also an tax provision that everybody had agreed to...a sales tax exemption for High School sports...which was left out. And nobody seems to . . .
That seems to be the preferred adjective regarding the Inspector General's report. The press needs to characterize things. They need to generalize. So, the adjective becomes....
This e-mail thing has been dragged out for what seems like forever. Internal investigations, inspector general investigations, Congressional investigations, and FBI investigations.
Hillary Clinton probably regrets having had a personal server because of all this fallout. But, quite frankly, if she went back and was starting over, I kind of think she would do it exactly the same way.
Rep. Anna Wills is the House rep for Apple Valley and Rosemount. In her district is the Apple Valley Zoo - an asset for the city which brings in a large number of visitors and business. It is a state operated facility and depends on state bonding to maintain it.
There is always a huge disparity in funding for the Zoo regarding what comes out of the House bonding bill as compared to the Senate bill. Sen. Greg Clausen represents Apple Valley and Rosemount and under his representation, the Zoo has almost always met or . . .
"A group of Senate Democrats stood in the way of funding for critical road and bridge infrastructure like Highway 12 earlier this week, and it's time to fix their mistake," said Speaker Kurt Daudt.
Boy, you have to seriously revise events to come up with that kind of blame game. That bill passed the Senate as amended and came to the House floor before midnight - but Speaker Daudt had adjourned...Sine Die.
That was not the Senate's fault. And I am one of those who . . .
I have been watching the aftermath of that ridiculous legislative end game and let me give you some extra thoughts.
Kurt Daudt likes to play brinksmanship. When you look at how the session ended, there are a couple of key points. First, Daudt held off bringing the bonding bill to the floor until there was little time left. He wanted the bill in and out cleanly, but when the House Democrats refused to vote until they were given an opportunity to at least look at the bill and offer potential amendments, Daudt had no choice . . .