121 – Local Budget Problems Ag’s Disadvantage

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It is hard to move a farm.  It can be done, sell or trade ground in one area for another area.  People have done it but it also has it’s own costs and problems associated with moving.  Why move?  Lots of reasons, but one that is gaining attention is dis-functional or high costs government in your state or local region.

OK, not every state is Illinois where the powers that be have gone 6 months without a budget, but other states are having problems with some heading that way.

Kansas has huge budget problems.  Nebraska is losing rural population and is gaining liberals in its urban areas.  Can you say Chicago versus downstate.  These are just a couple examples.  You also may be like me and farm in several different school districts and the difference in tax rates can be huge also.

With less people agriculture is losing votes and some political clout.  We still have massive economic clout, but voters and votes at the end of the day determine a lot.  I will discuss how my state got to where it is today, which is not in a very good economic situation.  I also will say it is going to cost farmers in Illinois more money to get out of this situation.

I will discuss what is happening to Colleges and Universities and how this affects agriculture.  Higher education is a mess in this state.

How no budget is affecting Soil and Water Districts, State and County Fairs, and research and the Extension Service. How hard do Ag groups push for these to be funded without having to pay higher taxes and fees.  We do not pay sales tax on machinery purchases, and seed, chemical, fertilizer, feed, etc.  Could they tax these things???

Agricultural still has wide spread support, but how deep is it?  I do not want to have to find out.  My state is under court mandated spending on much of the budget right now.  So now the courts decide???

So about that move.

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