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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Common sense budget solutions by State Senator Charlie Berg This week my fellow Republican State Senators and I announced our solution to the state's predicted $1.953 billion budget shortfall. This plan - unlike Governor Ventura's recent proposal - will balance the state budget without raising taxes or cutting spending for top priorities like education. While I appreciate the Governor's attempt to lead on this issue and come out with a plan as soon as possible, I object to quite a bit of his recommendations. His plan balances the budget on the backs of schools, cities, counties, small businesses and families. After studying the issue for a couple of weeks, we've found a less painful approach we think Minnesota's families will understand and support. Rather than hiking up dozens of taxes and cutting hundreds of programs, our plan relies on three simple parts: imposing a hiring freeze on state workers, using various reserve accounts, and dipping into part of the state's tobacco settlement funds. The 18 month hiring freeze we propose is estimated to save $333 million by leaving 3,950 state jobs unfilled throughout the next year and a half. We were careful to ensure, however, that the freeze would not affect essential positions like corrections and nursing home workers or U of M employees. From our way of thinking, it makes more sense to simply take advantage of job vacancies that occur through workers voluntarily retiring or choosing to find new jobs in the private sector, rather than cutting programs and service we all depend on, or laying off state workers. The state of Minnesota is the largest employer in the State of Minnesota, with almost 53,000 workers on payroll. We feel. that we have enough high quality employees to pitch in and pick up the slack for jobs left unfilled due to this temporary hiring freeze. The second part of our plan takes advantage of Minnesota's substantial reserve accounts. We will use $653 million in Budget Reserves, $158 million of the Property Tax Account, $14 million in the Local Government Aid Reform Account, $200 million of the Workers' Compensation Special Fund and the $95 million Assigned Risk Plan surplus. These funds were created with a rainy day in mind, and we think that day has come. The third element of the Senate Republican roposal would use a good portion of the state's 1.2 billion tobacco settlement award. While leaving 689 million for medical research and $54 million for anti-smoking efforts completely untouched, our plan would use $500 million to help balance the state's budget. Several other states, including Wisconsin, North Dakota, New York and Tennessee, have already used all or a substantial part of their tobacco proceeds to deal with budget deficits. We won this lawsuit in large part because of all the money we've spent on tobacco related public health costs. Taking a portion of the tobacco windfall to help build our state budget back up only makes sense. Our plan is based on the principle that it's a lot easier to cut back bureaucracy than it is to starve schools, senior s prescription drug programs or city and county aid. At the bottom line, our proposal is the most sensible way to solve the state's budget roblems without causing unnecessary pain to milies who are facing hard times of their own. When the 2002 legislative session begins on January 29, our proposal will be on the table, ready and waiting to be heard. Peterson co-authors bill to repeal new "bread tax" Rep. Doug Peterson is co-author- ing legislation to straighten out an error in a sales-tax overhaul-bill passed last year that resulted in sales tax being applied to some retail sales of bread. "This was an unintended conse- quence of a bill brought to the Legislature by the Ventura Administration, which was designed to bring Minnesota's sales tax rules into line with those of other states!!' Peterson, of rural Madison, said. "But Minnesota is among the few states in the nation that don't tax retail food sales, and this uniform definition did- n't allow for that, I believe we should Basement Problems Solved stick to our policy. I think this repeal bill will have broad bipanisan support and pass quickly." The bill will be formally intro- duced when lawmakers, return to ses- sion on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Under new tax laws that took effect Jan. 1, bread that is baked by the seller - either in the store where it is sold or at the central bakery of a grocery store chain - became subject to sales tax. Meanwhile,.bread baked off-site, such as commercial brands of white bread, remained untaxed. The difference arose because bread baked in the store was put under the PF to plant food plots Members of Grant County's Pheasants Forever Chapter met recently at the Big Stone City American Legion Post Home. Ten cooperators agreed to participate in 20 projects. Some agreed to plant corn or sorghum plots; some agreed to plant food plots and woody cover plots for pheasant's blizzard protection and food supplies, Preferred woody cover consists of deciduous shrubs, junipers and cedars. The Habitat Committee consisted of the following men: Don Van Veen, Joel Foster, Rod Brandenburger and Len Freiwald, Pheasants Forever has one large fundraiser per year, spending 100% of its resources in Grant and southern Roberts counties. The Grant County Chapter thanks all area residents who participated in this pheasant restoration project. INDEPENDENT WANT ADS PAY 1. Leaky Basements Made Dry (No digging up yard) 2. Buckling Walls Straightened 3. Crumbling Walls Restored Over 30 Years of Service Proven Systems www.dryupbasement.com 1.800-348-6247 CL#20037736 Ask yourself: Do I have the best team available to manage my crop insurance package? Is my MPCI contract structured to give me the best coverage available? Am I using MPCI to manage opportunities as well as risk? Is MPCI part of my grain marketing plan? he AgCountry Farm Credit Services MPCI team works overtime for improved coverage. We'll provide you with a no cost, no obligation review of your present coverage. The deadline to sign-up is March 15. Call your local AgCountry Farm Credit Services office today. Graceville Branch Office 748-7294 or 800-450-7294 definition of "prepared food." "Prepared food" is defined as any food "where two or more food ingre- dients are mixed or combined by the seller for sale as a single item." That meant store-baked bread was consid- ered taxable, just as a meal served in a restaurant would be, The provision is part of a multi- state initiative called the "Streamlined Sales Tax project." State tax agencies developed a package of rules that all 50 states could adopt. Minnesota joined the talks, so it's not clear why our Revenue Department didn't know about the bread tax, Peterson said. .... : "The idea of having uniform defin- itions from state to state is not bali, because that helps eliminate tax d parities across state lines," Peterson said. "The problem was that the Minnesota Revenue Department had- n't fully explained it or thought it through before they brought it to the Legislature. The new rules just seem to be more confusing and require more interpretation." Round Table Club meets again Jan. 22 The Round Table Club of Big Stone City met Tuesday, Jan. 8th at the home of Deb Wiik for a potluck and gift exchange. There were 11 members present. Guest speaker for the evening was Jeanne Van Lith who showed Pictures and talked about her trip to Taiwan. Next meeting will be on Jan, 22nd with Pare Karels as hostess. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Donald Moorhead Steve Barr Adeline Overberg Jack Ufley Herb Enns Darwood Sellin Brad Sellin Rod and Julie Morris Mrs. Carol Koch Paul De Boer Kevin Rademacher Norms Swenson Bob Karels Elda Von Eschen Joel Von Eschen Howard Von Eschen Dan Jurgens Mararet Gerhardt Heather Raffety George Van Lith Corn De Vaai Gaff Larson Lillian Wendland Evelyn Zahnow Richard Hansen Mrs. Herb Kaiser Ralph Karels Donald V. Pillatzke Francis Karels Todd Nelson Clarence Hmman Marvin Block Connie Newnmn Twyla Henneberg Mr. and Mrs. Silas Ulrich Art Engstrom Ernie Kanten Alvin Marohi Andy McCarty Page 4 "'"l , ,, II # Letters to E//ssa " by e late ev. George P. Werner D.D. ff'di, note: Following is one of a series of articles by the late son of an Fvangefical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memor,es of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon, The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. lhno Janssen, now retired in Walnut Creek, Cal. Some of lhe memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission on the island of Sumatra. Rev. Werner passed away late in the year 2000. "TO GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE WE GO - THANKSGIVING" (continued from last week) Unfortunately for me, the Thanksgiving meal took a long time to consume. In those days when fam- ilies didn't see each other very often they visited. And they visited. And they visited. Children were expected to be seen and not heard so Harriet and 1 just sat there, chewing our piece of goose and wishing we could be "excused from the table." But no, children were expected to stay at the table until all the adults got up and that took a long, long time because even after they were finished eating, they still sat and talked, and talked, and talked. Finally the last of the coffee had been poured. There seemed litde more to be said about subjects which interested me little and we were excused. Then it was clearing the table, doing the dishes, "straightening up" and when all this was done it was get- ting dusk. We repaired to the front parlor which was seldom used. Sliding doors opened to a room with another bay window and a room of dark, uncomfortable furniture. I did- n't like the rocking chair and sofa which were covered with black horsehair. I am sure this would last for many generations without ever requiring recovering, but that horse- hair scratched and I soon began to itch. There was only one chair I liked. It was a tapestry covered pedestal rock- ing chair. The chair actually rocked on a wooden pedestal that gave an easy motion to the chair. Of course, I never got to sit on this chair when anyone else wanted it. This was an adult world and we children knew our place in it. Someone would play hynms on the old 9edal reed organ, a rather elaborate instrument with carvings and filigrees all over it. One has to pedal steadily or the music faded away into a tired whisper. Some desultory singing was attempted, but most were too stuffed with goose to sing very lustily or long. By now it was dark and it soon would be time for bed. The children (my cousins, Harold, Marion and Evelyn) lived just two houses away with their widowed mother, Aunty i Gusty, and they went home. My bed- room was the little "north room." There was no indoor toilet so under each bed was placed a chamber pot. Thankfully, I did not have to empty these pots in the morning. The pots were white china, covered and low enough to fit under the bed. One summer when my cousins, Harold and Louis (son of my Uncle Ben and Aunt Minnie) and I stayed in the north room, we filled this pot right up to the brim and then won- dered how anyone could carry it downstairs without spilling it. That was one of our lesser boyish "pranks." The day after Thanksgiving we got back into the car for the return trip to Minneapolis, hoping and pray- ing that there would be no blizzard that day. These Minnesota blizzards i could strike without warning and when they did all traffic stopped until the wind and driving snow subsided. Visibility was reduced to near zero, making travel impossible. It took about six or seven hours to go 180 miles, averaging at best 30 miles an hour. But one year my brother had an accident the night before Thanksgiving Day and one wheel of the car had broken wooden spokes. Harold bet me we could make the trip anyway, but of course we couldn't get to grandmother's house that Thanksgiving and I was crushed. 1 took the money from Harold as he paid off the bet and I lamented that I had won that bet and we never got to Grandma's house that Thanksgiving Day. 1 [ INDEPENDENTWANTAI3, BRING QUICK RESULTS! ] O g gare The Inde ( eeOC| JAMES SUZETTE Editor and ARLENE Office EMILEE RYAN BOB Camera PHIL Tues., Jan. 22, 2002 Published Eveq Tuesday Ortorwille, Periodicals Postage Paid at F$3ad.00 year m per e, Traverse Minnesota, Grant and in South Dakota. counties in All others, $38.00 Postmaster: The Ortonville Ortonville, NEW I RATE : ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS A Big Stone, La qul Swift Counties Grant and Roberts ........... 3o.oo March ................ 27.50 1 ................. 25.00 May ................... 2250 June .................. 20.00 Jt ................... 17.S0 ALL OTHERS IN MINFI," &oal .................. 28.4O May ................... 2s56  "r .................. 2272  / . ................... 19.88 - t ALL AREA OUTS//I ' I rl Ma ................ 4.sz h4xtl .................. 31.r0 i May ................... 28.53 June .................. 25.36 ................... 22.19 -, I "POBUSHER'S UABIb  "hia:; at Lrt PuUta. =a, l'ta.  /changes or typogra lnot teasen the vaue ot T- "that's w /r Piss J.,IP or i /ornmsons m conn -lisement is strict -- the advertisement issue or the refund the advertisement Church notes - I -5 News - Frida, Classified ads (Any ad brought to ass) OFRCE H= A Monday: 8 AM-5 PM. 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