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DAVE BAKER

State Rep. Dave Baker and Sen. Andrew Lang, during a visit to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, agreed with the commissioners on the importance of getting broadband to the rural areas of the county. Both said completing changes to legislation language and grant matches were important priorities for this year’s legislative session.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will meet for the first time in 2022 on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.
Rep. Dave Baker and Sen. Andrew Lang spoke Monday to the Willmar City Council about what happened in St. Paul this past year and what could happen in 2022. This includes a bonding bill and continued work on getting opioid lawsuit settlement money to the local level.
The Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee visited Willmar on Tuesday to gather information about three local projects requesting funds from the biannual bonding bill. Willmar Municipal Utilities, Kandiyohi County Public Works and the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative presented in front of the visiting legislators about the projects.

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Sen. Andrew Lang and Rep. Dave Baker are working to make sure nothing is slowing down the reopening of Minnesota after nearly 18 months of restrictions. They spoke Friday in a virtual town hall meeting.
On May 15, State Representative Dave Baker, R-Willmar, introduced HF 2648 in an attempt to bring employees back into the market with $2,000 bonuses after 90 days.
Legislative news from St. Paul and Washington, D.C., will be discussed Tuesday morning during a Zoom town hall meeting with Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach and Rep. Dave Baker.
Minnesota Capitol Notebook: Republicans who've opposed the executive powers took a more targeted approach this week, aiming to push back on two areas weighing most heavily on the minds of Minnesotans: reopening schools and businesses.
Sen. Andrew Lang and Rep. Dave Baker were in agreement regarding the Legislature's role in the pandemic response and how to reopen businesses in Minnesota when they spoke Friday in a virtual town hall meeting.
The plan would allow for raising capacity limits on businesses and gatherings unless COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations hit a certain threshold.

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The plan included aid for businesses hit hardest by the pandemic and more funding for unemployment insurance.
State legislators and Gov. Tim Walz put forward their priorities for state support to businesses and workers and said they would approve them as soon as they could reach a deal.
Rep. Dave Baker, a former restaurant owner from Willmar who still owns a hotel there, said the Legislature should take up proposals to help businesses negatively affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

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