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Nobles County Commissioner David Benson (with mustache) listens while fellow county officials complain that the state is not paying its bills to house state prisoners in county jails. County officials gathered Thursday on the Capitol steps.

Counties seek money for jails

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota county officials complain they are forced to collect up to $9 million more in property taxes because the state does not fully pay for prisoners it orders counties to hold.

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"We're losing money," Kandiyohi County Commissioner Richard Larson said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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