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Open Forum: Minnesotans deserve better


The governor and Legislature now need a special session to pass a budget.

We taxpayers will pay thousands extra for each day of that session: up to

$16,080/day in per diem ($86/day for Senators; $77/day for House members); weekly round trip mileage at $.51 for legislators living over 50 miles away; possibly extra staff costs.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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