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Thursday, January 31, 2013 T_  lh .1 0 Tri-CountyNews CentralMinn. V8 Government TIP #13 Week in Review, Jan.25 By Michelle Fischbach Minnesota State Senator The action around the State Capitol this week centered on the release of Governor Dayton's bud- get proposal. The Governor's bud- get plan was presented in several committees this week to allow a full discussion around individ- ual provisions. These hearings will continue over the next weeks in lead-up to the February bud- get forecast which will provide a more detailed picture of the state's short- and long-term fiscal out- look. Following the release of the forecast, both the House and Sen- ate will begin work on produc- ing budget proposals of their own. Hearings will be held in the vari- ous committees in order to pub- lically vet all spending and pol- icy proposals prior to final pas- sage by both legislative chambers. Negotiations between the legisla- ture and the governor will begin once spending bills reach the con- ference committee stage. These meetings consist of members from the House and Senate who work to finalize all spending and policy issues. The final stage of the bud- get process calls for re-passage of each spending bill by the House and Senate and a signature from the governor. Key provisions of Governor Dayton's initial budget proposal include: An expansion of the sales tax to include clothing priced at over $100 and services such as car repairs, haircuts, over-the-coun- ter drugs, and more. The governor also proposes to drop the over- all sales tax rate to 5.5 percent. Expanding the sales tax to cover business to business sales. A prop- erty tax rebate for all homeown- ers of $500. Increased spending levels for K-12 education, higher education, health and human services, and several other areas of state government. Two of the larger spending increases would be in higher education (10 per- cent boost) and approximately 9 percent in health and human services. Other happenings: While the release of the gov- ernor's budget took center stage this week, there were other issues Page 17 ] iHrrgnrrrr II]" i Don't Leave An Idling r Car Unattended of note that were brought to the forefront in committee hearings. Some of those include: S.F. 1 (Lourey), the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the health care exchange, was heard in the Judi- ciary Committee this week and was referred for further review to the Health and Human Services Committee. There was signifi- cant debate in committee regard- ing data privacy concerns and dis- cussion will likely continue on the legislation as it moves through the process. The Senate Tax Commit- tee heard S.F. 40 (Gazelka) which would make changes to Minneso- ta's estate tax provisions. This leg- islation would bring Minnesota's deduction in line with that of fed- eral law. Senator Michelle Fischbach encourages and appreciates con- stituent input and can be reached by phone at (651) 296-2084, by mail to G-15 State Office Building / St. Paul, MN 55155 or via e-mail at sen.michelle.fischbach@senate. /nn. Coverage for all the things you care for. STEVE SCHMII"r 378 STATE ST N, EDEN VALLEY, MN sschmitt@farmersagent.com FARMERS" Building Site Preparation Demolition Basements Additons * Fill & Black Dirt Septic Systems (new or repair) Larry: 320.980.3556 Kevin: 320.980.3558 star, Kurt: 320.980.6499 FRL: Looking for a way to save? You need to insure both your auto and your home, so why not save money in the process? Call today for a free, no-obligation look at auto and home discounts from American Family. Thomas Ehllnger Agency, Inc. 39A Maus Drive #3 Kimball, MN 55353 Bus: (320) 398-3645 http://www.tehlinger.com AMERICAN FAMILY /u/your prcc/k und one ro Ammlcan Fandly Mural   aiKI If= Suldtaries Amedcan  Imcance  of Wisconsin T= 0e= -  M s37e3 Ameman Family Inscnnce Cmmrany Amedcan Standmd Insurance  of OIt amfamcoml0ece-Com'0H  o 2005 , ,t, ,',. 001726--4/05 ,Repair newer & most older small engines ,Snowbiowers *Push & riding mowers ( ,,Carburater repair *Prep engine storage "PICK UP & .REA It'S never too early to get readY for Winter! Todd Rohloff 320-980-1759- Kiml Plumbing - Heating Sewer Cleaning Back Hoe Digging o Portable Toilets Sewer Pipe Thawing  ',. Septic Tank Pumping ,* (320) 286-2368 Kingston HENDRICKSON & SONS Master Licensed Insured, Bonded Residential & Commercial Remodel & New Construction ............................ .:: 24 Hour Service 320-224-2788 Efficient, Affordabl PLUMBING SERVICES New Remodel Repair Work Radon Testing & Mitigation 31571 G48th Ave., Litchfield 320-693-6663 st Cloud: 320-224-1 Please leave message if no answer SIDING ,ROORNG !16, Watkins. e-mail:l LICENSED & I !A leading provider of high quality custom kitchen !and bath cabinets, mantels, entertainment centers and bars. All of our products are made with the highest quality of wood, marble, and laminate. 550 Meeker Ave. E. 453-2718, GIVE ME A CALL TODAW >MAINTENANCE\>REPAIRS\>UPDATING License #2063?648