Wednesday, August 15, 2012

U.S. House Republicans, Boehner and Kline, Call for Eliminating $45 million in Federal Funds to Central Corridor

Contact: Maria Reppas,  (202) 225-6631 /  (202)
Republicans want to eliminate criminal justice funds for Dakota County, Gateway Corridor funds for Washington County, and $2 million for Minnesota veterans
St. Paul, MN – In a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dated October 8, 2010, more than 50 Republicans, including Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. John Kline (R-MN), called for an elimination of congressionally directed projects (earmarks) from any appropriations bills to pass the House following the November 2nd election. The Republican proposal to eliminate these projects from the fiscal year 2011 appropriations bills would reduce federal funding to Minnesota by millions of dollars and cripple vital jobs and infrastructure projects like the Central Corridor LRT between St. Paul and Minneapolis.
As Minnesota’s only member of the Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Betty McCollum called the Republican proposal a clear indication of their disdain for federal investments that will create jobs and keep our communities strong and growing.
“For Republicans – including a Minnesota Republican – to call for eliminating funding for the Central Corridor earmark and the thousands of jobs will hurt Minnesota and make our state less competitive. Additionally, this proposal cuts earmarked funding for Dakota County criminal justice projects and the Minnesota National Guard’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program – projects that impact my district and my Republican colleague’s district,” McCollum said.
Republicans aggressively support adding to the federal debt to make permanent Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans costing $700 billion, yet want to eliminate $3 billion in high-impact community investments, which are .17% of the federal budget. This includes projects such as $2 million for the Minnesota National Guard’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program to assist with support and reintegration for our military personnel and $500,000 for the Dakota County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative which makes our community safer and saves money for taxpayers.
Even worse, this Republican letter unfairly tarnishes the reputations of respected non-profit entities in Minnesota such as Dakota and Ramsey counties, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota National Guard by claiming their participation in the earmark process is corrupt and part of a “spoils system.”
“It is amazing to me that the same Republicans who defend the corruption of Wall Street CEOs can accuse my neighbors who are honorable public servants, elected officials and community leaders from the Minnesota National Guard, Dakota, Washington and Ramsey Counties of participating in a corrupt process. Congressional appropriations are an open, transparent process, providing real benefits to Minnesota. Minnesotans pay their taxes, but the Republicans want to cheat them of receiving the benefits of their tax dollars. I suggest that these Tea Party Republicans actually read the U.S. Constitution, particularly Article I to learn that Congress has the Constitutional responsibility to fund the government,” said McCollum.
Democrats reformed the earmark process inherited from Republicans in 2007 by cutting the number and amount of earmarks funding in half, and instituting new transparency requirements which allows the public to see requests online.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum
Congressionally-directed funding secured in House Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2011

(Final appropriation levels subject to House-Senate conference)
Central Corridor Light Rail construction
Metropolitan Council
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
Minnesota National Guard
Life, Health, and Safety Building Improvements
Harriet Tubman Domestic Violence Center East
Gateway Corridor (Interstate 94) Transit Corridor planning
Washington County
Job Training and Mentoring Program
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
Minnesota Hands and Voices Program Expansion to reach underserved and minority communities - hearing loss early intervention
Lifetrack Resources
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives
Dakota County
Criminal Justice Information Integration Network
Dakota County
Children's Physical Therapy Pool
Gillette Children's Hospital
Runaway Intervention Project
Ramsey County Attorney
Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) Disease Control and Eradication Program
University of Minnesota
City of Maplewood Gerten Pond Improvements
City of Maplewood
Voyageurs National Park
Voyageurs National Park Association
Upper Mississippi River Restoration
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Infrastructure and Capacity Enhancements
AccountAbility Minnesota
Renaissance Box Restoration Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Improvements
Upper Midwest Industrial Coating Training Program
Minnesota Finishing Trades Training Fund
Mille Lacs Regional Dialysis Center
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Bus acquisition and facilities for Riverview Corridor
Ramsey County

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Allodial title
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Property law
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Allodial title is a concept in some systems of property law. It describes a situation where real property (land, buildings and fixtures) is owned free and clear of any encumbrances, including liens, mortgages and tax obligations. Allodial title is inalienable, in that it cannot be taken by any operation of law for any reason whatsoever.

In common legal use, allodial title is used to distinguish absolute ownership of land by individuals from feudal ownership, where property ownership is dependent on relationship to a lord or the sovereign. Webster's first dictionary (1825 ed) says allodium is "land which is absolute property of the owner, real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgement to a superior. It is thus opposed to feud."

True allodial title is rare, with most property ownership in the common law world-primarily, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland-described more properly as being in fee simple. In particular, land is said to be "held of the Crown" in England and Wales and the Commonwealth realms. In England, there is no allodial land, all land being held of the Crown; even in the United States most lands are not allodial, as evidenced by the existence of property taxes. Some of the Commonwealth realms (particularly Australia) recognise native title, a form of allodial title that does not originate from a Crown grant.

In France, while allodial title existed before the French Revolution, it was rare and limited to ecclesiastical properties and property that had fallen out of feudal ownership. After the French Revolution allodial title became the norm in France and other civil law countries that were under Napoleonic legal influences. Interestingly Quebec adopted a form of allodial title when it abolished feudalism in the mid-nineteenth century making the forms of ownership in Upper and Lower Canada remarkably similar in substance.

Property owned under allodial title is referred to as allodial land, allodium, or an allod.


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