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News from Representative Petersburg 02-04-2013

Monday, February 04, 2013

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It was another busy week at the Capitol, with a number of constituent meetings and committee hearings.

Some of the constituent meetings included:

-Waseca Airport Commission Members: Maynard Stensrud, Larry Lee, Andrew Fischer, Larry Fischer as a part of Aviation Day on the Hill.
-MNDOT District Engineer, Greg Paulson.
-Dan Skogen from AURI, which has a facility located in Waseca: For more information on the AURI facility, please visit: http://www.auri.org/about-auri/facilities/waseca-facility/

Dairy Day at the Capitol

Dairy Day was last Wednesday in St. Paul, providing us an opportunity to highlight how important this industry - and agriculture in general - is to Minnesota's economy. It was great to meet with Minnesota's milk producers, enjoy a glass of milk, and hear some interesting facts and figures about the state's dairy industry. Dairy production was up 4 percent last year, even though we experienced drought conditions. There are 455,000 cows in Minnesota on 3,900 licensed dairy farms. Each provides about 25,000 of economic activity to the state and Minnesota exported $218 million in dairy products last year, 13 percent of the national total.

The Week Ahead

This week Governor Dayton will appear before a joint legislative session to give his 2013 State of the State Address. The Governor is expected to promote his budget proposal and outline his other priorities for the 2013 legislative session. I look forward to hearing the Governor's address, and to the continued discussions as we learn more about the Governor's budget proposal.

Have a great week,

John Petersburg
State Representative, District 24A