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Rep. Al Juhnke of Willmar tells fellow representatives Wednesday about his agriculture and veterans funding bill. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Veterans gain, farmers cut in budget bill

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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.

"We are willing to fund dog parks and trails and hockey arenas," Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, said. "Where is our priority?"

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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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