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Housing Market Largely Escapes Damage From Government Shutdown, For Now

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight on September 30th as the Congress failed to pass a bill to continue funding the government. The repercussions are many, including preventing 800,000 Americans from...more

Special Legislative Session on the Horizon

Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) has proposed a fall Special Session, suggesting September 9, 2013 as the date. The Governor initially wanted to deal only with disaster relief. However, House Speaker Paul Thissen...more

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans - Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains in Doubt - Bridge to Prosperity: New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada Approved -...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 24, 2012

General Legislative - At the conclusion of legislative business last week, Members were advised that the House will return for legislative business “after the Christmas holiday when needed.” The Senate will...more

Ag Groups Urge Action On Estate Taxes

More than 30 agriculture groups recently sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate urging them to provide farmers and ranchers with permanent relief from the estate tax....more

Capital Thinking Update - December 3, 2012

General Legislative - On Monday, December 3, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House. Legislation under consideration will include H.R. 5817...more

What the Lame Duck Will Look Like if Democrats Retain the White House

If President Obama is reelected, expect Democrats to argue that they have a mandate to extend certain of the tax breaks for those making under $250,000 while letting the tax cuts expire for those on the upper income end. In...more

This Week in Washington - July 13, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Budget/Sequestration. On Tuesday, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients agreed to testify before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) on...more

Minnesota Government Update - Week in Review - April 15, 2011

First Omnibus Bill Signed by the Governor The House and Senate passed the Conference Committee report on the Omnibus Agriculture Bill on Thursday. The House voted 107-20 in favor of the bill, and the Senate passed it 52-9....more

Poor American Health: Addressing Weight-Related Problems in the Low Income Community in a Comprehensive Manner

This note discusses the interrelated nature of the problems of poverty and obesity, and argues that a truly comprehensive approach is necessary to effective address weight-related problems in the low income community....more

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