Weekly Column

New Developments for Transmission Project in Minnesota

An important energy transmission project in Minnesota will be the subject of several public meetings. The Sheldon-Webster transmission project is a 215 mile transmission line, with 70 miles of the line in Minnesota and 145 miles located in Iowa, and will run through Martin, Jackson, and Faribault counties. This project will help increase energy capacity and reliability of the grid throughout the Midwest. A notable opportunity that the project provides is to link renewable energy projects to larger markets.

Health Care Questions & Answers

This October, your state will unroll its new health insurance marketplace, or “exchange.” This new marketplace is where, if your employer doesn’t provide adequate health insurance, you’ll be able to shop for more affordable private insurance.

The House Farm Bill... Good, Bad & Ugly

On July 11, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Farm Bill that was, unfortunately, missing the nutrition title, which provides authority for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) and other nutrition programs for low-income families.

Rural America and Immigration Reform

The impact of immigration reform on rural America has not been at the forefront of the debate in Washington, D.C.

The Center for Rural Affairs urges passage of comprehensive federal legislation to reform America’s fundamentally broken immigration policy. It is crucial that Congress understands that immigration reform is vitally important to rural America.

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