Minn. Legislature passes bill boosting spending on veterans affairs


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By Dennis Lien

The Minnesota House and Senate voted overwhelmingly today to pass a compromise version of the agriculture and veterans affairs bill, which generally boosts spending for veterans programs but cuts it for agriculture and the Board of Animal Health.

The bill cuts annual payments to ethanol producers by 20 percent, effectively stretching them into the future for a couple of years.

But it doesn’t classify horses as livestock — a request that came from many horse boarders facing tax increases. Instead, there’s an understanding that another bill will require a report next session defining horse operations and the tax treatment of them.

The House vote was 133-0 and the Senate vote was 62-5. The bill now goes to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has identified veteran’s issues as one of his priorities.



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