STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Farmers to politicians: Get along and do your work
Gene Stengel and Roger Dale sprinkled seasoning on pork chops, then grilled them to just the right temperature to serve to hungry Farmfest visitors.
But they cranked up the heat while roasting poli... Posted on 8/13/12 at 4:19 AM
Delays would hurt chances of approval, Franken aide says “Now’s the time to get it done,” said Al Juhnke, agriculture/energy field representative for Franken. Approving new legislation would become more difficult as Election Day this fall comes nearer, he said. Juhnke, a former Minnesota state legislator, talked about the 2012 farm bill Thursday afternoon at East Grand Forks City Hall. Representatives of Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., were present, too.
Dick Day, a former senator and now racino lobbyist, said the proposal to allow slots at just one horse-racing track would generate $101 million a year for state education, agriculture and other programs, with more than $40 million available for sports facilities such as a Vikings’ stadium.
Facing a $1.2 billion budget deficit, Gov. Tim Pawlenty recommends a 6.4 percent cut to the Agriculture Department, and calls for half of the Crookston-based Agriculture Utilization Research Institute’s budget to be eliminated.
Supporters of a perennial proposal to put slots and video gambling in racetracks are promising something for everyone this year, from preschoolers to cutting-edge medical researchers, horse breeders and maybe the Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota House would give veterans programs more money but delay or eliminate some agriculture spending. But for some representatives, neither got enough money in a Wednesday 83-49 mostly party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.
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