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Hood attends city attorneys legislative update

September 1, 2010

Chris Hood, attorney and shareholder with Flaherty & Hood, attended the Minnesota Association of City Attorneys Legislative Update on June 17.

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Scott attends legal conference

September 1, 2010

Flaherty & Hood attorney Robert Scott attended the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute Education Conference on May 24-25 in St. Paul.

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Burton to participate in transportation working group

September 1, 2010

J.D. Burton, attorney/lobbyist with Flaherty & Hood, was invited to participate in a series of working group meetings designed to craft selection criteria for highway interchange projects throughout the state.

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Flaherty & Hood wins bargaining grievance arbitration for city

September 1, 2010

Flaherty & Hood senior attorney Brandon Fitzsimmons successfully represented the City of Owatonna in a recent disciplinary grievance arbitration before the State of Minnesota, Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS) pursuant to the Public Employment Labor Relations Act (PELRA).

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City of Albert Lea challenging exorbitant electric rate hikes

September 1, 2010

The City of Albert Lea has hired Flaherty & Hood to challenge Alliant Energy’s (also known as Interstate Power and Light) recently proposed 22 percent Minnesota electric rate increase.

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MESERB board lays out plan for 2010-2011 fiscal year

September 1, 2010

The Minnesota Environmental Science and Economic Review Board (MESERB), a joint powers board dedicated to ensuring wastewater treatment regulations are reasonable and based on sound science, held its annual meeting in St. Cloud on May 20.

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Website gives users the tools to balance state’s budget

September 1, 2010

A new online tool produced for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities challenges users to bridge the state’s $5.8 billion budget gap.

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PACE loan program equips cities with tools to finance clean energy improvements

April 28, 2010

A jobs bill (H.F. 2695) recently enacted by the Minnesota legislature and signed by the governor offers cities and other local governments a unique opportunity to help citizens make their homes and businesses more energy efficient, and at the same time, encourage small scale renewable energy.

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Persistence, creativity pay off in jobs bill for CGMC land use provision

April 28, 2010

Included in the jobs bill with the PACE program is an item proposed last year by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), a Flaherty & Hood client, in a bill intended to improve land use and planning.

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In difficult bonding bill year, Flaherty & Hood successfully advances client projects

April 28, 2010

On behalf of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), attorney/lobbyist J.D. Burton secured $8.5 million for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure grant program, an economic development tool that helps outstate cities attract and retain local jobs by providing up to 50 percent of needed capital improvement costs.

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