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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Neighbors- My 2009 legislative survey is available and I graciously ask you to participate. Here is the link to paste into your web browser: There also will be a paper version printed in local newspapers in the days ahead. The questions largely pertain to economic issues as we face a nearly $5 billion state deficit. Your input will help me to represent the wishes of District 10A as I consider legislation this session. Stay tuned for an e-mail regarding bills I’ve drafted for this session. Meantime, here is an update of some legislative happenings. GREEN ACRES REVISITED As you may know, some changes made to the Green Acres program last year have brought some unintended consequences to local taxpayers. The Legislature is attempting to fix the problem this session and a committee heard testimony this week. The idea is to use information from the testimony to create a bill that will clear up this issue. CONGRATS AND WELCOME HOME, FFHS BAND The Fergus Falls High School band deserves to be congratulated for being selected to perform in Washington D.C. as part of President Obama’s inauguration festivities. I’m sure those fortunate students made memories that will last a lifetime. I brought a House resolution forward to formally recognize this accomplishment of our Otters band. LOTTERY PROCEEDS ANNOUNCED I recently received a breakdown of lottery proceeds from Minnesota State Lottery in District 10 during the last fiscal year which ended June 30. Here are the particulars: Gross sales were $4.3 million ($3.2 million from scratch tickets and $1.1 million from online games). The 40 businesses in our district that serve as lottery retailers earned $257,753 in commissions and incentives. Statewide, sales in fiscal year 2008 totaled $462 million, about $40 million more than 2007. The proceeds add up to $116 million for state programs. The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund received $31 million in net proceeds; $64 million was transferred to the General Fund as net proceeds, in-lieu-of-sales tax, unclaimed prizes and problem gambling contributions; and the Game and Fish Fund and Natural Resources Fund each received $11 million from the sales tax. Until next time, Bud --30-- Nornes represents District 10A in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and can be reached at (800) 336-8017 or by e-mail at
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