CAPITOL CHATTER Notebook: Klobuchar, 13 others push bipartisan shutdown relief
By Don Davis
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar rose to become one of the most sought-after political talking heads in recent weeks.
The Minnesota Democrat appeared on numerous cable television and radio news sh... Posted on 10/21/13 at 8:30 AM
The state shutdown would seem like a mere inconvenience compared to a federal failure to meet debt obligations, which would be almost certain to toss the U.S. and global economies back on the brink of recession.
Carlton County hasn’t been spared either state shutdown effects. Both public and private organizations and citizens seeing the ripple effect of the shutdown, most results of laid-off state employees who normally oversee permits or licensing issued by the state.
Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin extended a court order to allow loggers to cut trees and move logs from state lands until she holds another hearing on the issue Monday, but she made it clear she is inclined to stop the operation.
Minnesota lawmakers are putting finishing touches on a conservative-crafted budget that could toss the state back to the brink of recession, further kick the foundation out of housing prices, and speed rural Minnesota’s out-migration.
Cloquet City Council members and city staff held their third working session on the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan and proposed 2011 budget on Tuesday, and it appears the city’s 2011 proposed levy will increase by 3.92 percent, rather than the previously suggested 4.12 percent increase.
The Cloquet City Council unanimously approved more than $180,000 in budget cuts at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
The reductions will be used to eliminate the 2010 General Fund budget deficit Cloquet incurred as the result of a reduction from the state in the city’s Market Value Homestead Credit of $170,435.
At Tuesday’s regular session of the Carlton County Board, Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake requested permission to refill a patrol deputy position vacated through a staff resignation. Though the request was ultimately approved on a vote of 4-1 (with Commissioner Dick Brenner casting the dissenting vote), it generated lengthy debate over what would have been considered a fairly routine matter in the not-too-distant past.
Cloquet City Council members, city administrators and members of the public attended a special meeting Monday afternoon to discuss strategy regarding the Governor’s 2010 proposed $405,000 budget cuts to the city.
If a plan endorsed last Friday by the board of directors of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) was able to make its way through the legislature, the size of the state highway patrol would be cut in half, counties would take over much of the responsibility for state highway maintenance, and a universal statewide planning and zoning law would be enacted.
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