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Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake says farmers are giving up money to preserve veterans programs in a bill the House debated Wednesday. Behind him are Reps. Denny McNamara of Hastings (kneeling) and Doug Magnus of Slayton. Photo by Don Davis, Forum Communications.

Vets gain, farmers cut in budget bill

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House would give veterans programs more money, but delay or eliminate some agriculture spending.

But for some representatives, neither got enough money in a Wednesday 83-49 mostly party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

"We are willing to fund dog parks and trails and hockey arenas," Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, said. "Where is our priority?"

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