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REP. DAVIDS’ GREEN ACRES FIX BILL APPROVED IN MINNESOTA HOUSE

Thursday, March 31, 2011
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House of Representatives recently approved legislation that repeals the changes made to the Green Acres program several years ago. The bill was co-authored by State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston). “I couldn’t be happier that the Minnesota House acted favorably on this important legislation,” Davids said. “I heard from more landowners in Fillmore and Houston counties about Green Acres over the past two years than I have on any other topic.” Davids said the farmland conservation program was altered in 2008. It included provisions that reduced program eligibility, and stopped the enrollment of non-productive land. This resulted in massive property tax increases for many farmers and rural landowners. The bill Davids is co-authoring restores the program to its original intent. “The changes made to Green Acres were clearly unfair,” Davids said. “I’m pleased we’re one step closer to giving these folks a financial break.” Davids said the plan will now be sent to the Minnesota Senate for its approval.