Replay – MN GOP Seeks Changes to “Green Acres”

2011 Legislative Session

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State Rep. Mike LeMieur and other Republicans held a news conference today at the State Capitol about their plans to change Minnesota’s Green Acres program. Rural Republicans want to roll back farmland tax changes enacted in 2008, following their pledges last year on the campaign trail.

The Green Acres program, formally called the Minnesota Agricultural Property Tax Law, has been in place since 1967 with the purpose of serving as a farmland preservation program. It is meant to keep farmers on their land by protecting them from rising property taxes due to nearby development. According to Rep. LeMieur’s office, the changes made in 2008 created two separate land categories, “productive” and “non-productive,” that are taxed at different rates despite being the same parcel of land with the same owner.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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