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Slayton delegation visits Capitol Hill

March 21, 2013

Miron Carney (Mayor of Slayton) attended the conference in Washington D.C.
Sequestration is the current buzz word in side the beltway of Washington D.C., but its impacts extend across the country to all segments of the economy both private and public.

During the National Association of Development Association's annual policy conference the second week of March, sequestration was a issue that showed up in every topic.

Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) Executive Director Jay Trusty and SRCD Executive Board Chairman Miron Carney (Mayor of Slayton) attended the conference.

Speakers ranging from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to U.S Department of Agriculture presented information on how rural America will fair sequestration.

“Sequestration is not just a one year deal.” said Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers’s Chief of Staff Michael Higdon. Sequestration is a ten year law, so without thoughtful action by congress sequestration will continue years to come.

Trusty and Carney spent an afternoon on Capitol Hill to visit the office of the region’s representatives. Meetings where held with staffers of Senators Klobuchar and Franken as well as with staff of Congressman Tim Walz. An evening meeting was held with Congressman Collin Peterson. Conversations during the meetings included issues such as rural transportation, economic development in southwest Minnesota, and how sequestration will impact the region.


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