Farmers in Minnesota are keeping their eye on the state capitol, hoping this is the year they, and rural schools, get some assistance from lawmakers.
Last season, the legislature approved a 40-percent tax credit for agriculture landowners, but the bill was vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton. When rural school districts pass capital improvement levies, the tax hikes for farmers can be significant.
Gary Wertish of the Minnesota Farmers Union says it can be a big burden on farmers who are trying to make a living while the ag economy is struggling.
Wertish says rural schools also need a break from state lawmakers, to be able to compete with larger urban districts.
The tax credit was part of a larger package of bills and the governor said he would have signed it, but there was an error in wording. Wertish is hopeful similar legislation will be passed this session....