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Short takes for May 6

May 6, 2011
Marshall Independent

Backing on public notice issue

THUMBS UP: With strong support from both parties, the cause of public notice won a major victory in the House Government Operations Committee which voted to remove language from HF 705 that would have authorized municipalities to switch their legal notices to government Web sites. Supporters of the bill testified that newspapers and their Web sites do a much better and more credible job of handling and disseminating information than do government sites, including in the case of public notices. Following testimony, several members of the committee expressed strong support for the notion that public notices should continue to be distributed independently by newspapers and their Web sites, the Minnesota Newspaper Association said. It's a matter of full disclosure and complete transparency and it's important state policymakers continue to make government entities post legals in newspapers and newspaper website and not allow them to simply put them on their own sites.

An excellent day

THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Marshall Schools for being named one of nine Schools of Excellence in Minnesota. Park Side and West Side schools celebrated their special achievement Wednesday with a program at Park Side Elementary. The staff, kids and the entire community should hold their heads high and be extremely proud of this accomplishment.

May 23 is coming

THUMBS DOWN: We know legislators are working hard to figure out how best to solve the state's budget issues but we're concerned that we're not hearing more about a concrete solution. There are a number of issues on the table this year, but none of them compare to the deficit. The longer this takes, the more real the possibility of a special session becomes (the regular sessions ends Monday, May 23). It's time for legislators to table issues that can wait and focus on the shortfall.



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