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Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake says farmers are giving up money to preserve veterans programs in a bill the House debated Wednesday. Behind him are Reps. Denny McNamara of Hastings (kneeling) and Doug Magnus of Slayton. (Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau)

Priorities debated

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House would give veterans programs more money, but delay or eliminate some agriculture spending.

But for some representatives, neither got enough money in a Wednesday 83-49 mostly party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.


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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.