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Friday, March 8, 2013

Dakota County commissioners visit Washington for NACo conference

County commissioners joined more than 1,500 county officials from across the United States earlier this month as they attended the National Association of Counties' 2013 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
 
With talk of fiscal cliffs and sequestration cuts dominating headlines, the group of county representatives gathered to demonstrate to Congress and federal officials that the nation's 3,069 county governments provide essential building blocks to create healthy, vibrant and safe communities. Through their message, called "Why Counties Matter," county officials asked leaders in Washington to work collaboratively with them and stop making it difficult for county governments to provide for their communities.
 
Many federal issues affecting counties were discussed at the NACo conference, including preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds, replacing the sequestration and protecting the federal-state-local partnership for Medicaid.
 
For more information about the National Association of Counties, visit www.naco.org.

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