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Beltrami County commissioners plan to set a proposed 2011 property tax levy on Tuesday, as well as make allocations from the Red Lake Game Fund for northern county projects. The County Board will decide on a levy that is 0.43 percent less than this year's levy, or $73,513 lower than the 2010 levy. The levy will fuel the proposed 2011 budget, of which a preliminary draft was given to commissioners last month.
WALKER -- Federal stimulus funding continues to work, says U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, citing transportation, wastewater treatment plants and education. Nearly 35,540 lane miles of road have been improved under last year's $873 billion federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The state of Minnesota will receive more than $6 million in additional weatherization aid, the White House said Thursday. The funding comes through the Department of Energy from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- the federal stimulus package -- to continue the state's success and innovation under its Weatherization Assistance Program. The money will be used to accelerate the program, according to Energy Secretary Steven Chu. From April to June, Minnesota weatherized more than 2,700 homes.
The total economic impact of Bemidji Regional Airport for 2009 is $27.88 million, according to a University of Minnesota study. The activity also led to 446 jobs county-wide for the year, the study said. The report was given to Bemidji Regional Airport Authority members earlier this month by Airport Authority Executive Director Harold Van Leeuwen, based on information he gave researchers. "Economic impact is not revenue or profit, it is a measure of the change or additional money and jobs that have been created as a result of the current economic activity taking place at the airport," the s
Aside from getting government out of the way, the House Republican agenda is to ask businesses how the state can help them prosper, says the House GOP leader. "We're going to ask how we can help the hybrid economy -- not get more money from Washington that came from China that's borrowed that we and our grandkids are going to have to pay back," says House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove. "How can we stimulate the local economies and get the government out of the way, first and foremost, and how can we be of help?" Zellers said Wednesday evening in an interview. Republicans will
The United States needs to return to its moral roots, which include strong support of core education values, says Richard Lehmann, Republican candidate for House 4A. "We're losing our country to the liberal way of thinking," Lehmann said Wednesday night during a "meet and greet" with about a dozen people at the Cabin Coffeehouse. He referred to the decision of a California judge to allow same-sex marriages even though the voters of California voted to ban it. "We cannot keep going in that direction, because the country that my parents and your parents ...
Minnesota House Democrats pledge competitive races this fall, as a $6 billion state budget deficit looms. "We're going to be very competitive," House Majority Leader Tony Sertich said Friday in an interview. "Minnesotans should know by now, Democrats stand up for middle class bread and butter issues and really focus on the economy." Democrats don't plan to conduct name-calling or labeling this fall but focus instead on solution, he said. "We offer solutions," Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, said. "That's really what's been missing for a long time with my friends on the other side of the aisle.
ECKLES TOWNSHIP -- Beltrami County's proposed 2011 budget calls for a 0.43 percent property tax decrease, according to the draft budget released here Tuesday. The proposed 2011 property tax levy of $16.9 million is $73,513 less than this year's property tax levy, said County Administrator Tony Murphy. "We worked very hard for that," Murphy told commissioners, who moved their regular meeting to the Eckles Community Center where more county staff attended than the public. "I think it is a responsible budget," he said.
A Beltrami County homeowner says the county's Environmental Services Department treats homeowners differently when it comes to septic permits. Enoch Gould has filed a complaint alleging that the department has double standards when it comes to issuing septic permits and others -- strict with some homeowners and lax with others. The matter will be heard by the County Board during its 5 p.m.
Democrats on a House health care panel remain convinced, after hearing from Bemidji health care providers Friday, that Minnesota must join early federal Medicaid enrollment. Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill that would have Minnesota join an enhanced Medicaid program, which would have the state paying $188 million but gaining $1.4 billion in federal Medicaid funds over 3½ years. Former General Assistance Medical Care patients would be served under that program. Barring that, the DFL-controlled Legislature provided that Pawlenty or the next governor can sign an executive order to do the same.