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County hires lobbyist

County board members, seeing the need for a lobbyist during legislative sessions and a voice for Otter Tail County in St. Paul, agreed on Aug. 28 to hire Sarah Psick of Capital Solutions on a yearly contract basis. The monthly fee will be paid ou...

Sarah Psick. Courtesy photo.
Sarah Psick. Courtesy photo.

County board members, seeing the need for a lobbyist during legislative sessions and a voice for Otter Tail County in St. Paul, agreed on Aug. 28 to hire Sarah Psick of Capital Solutions on a yearly contract basis. The monthly fee will be paid out of the Commissioners Contingency Fund with the remainder included in the county's 2019 budget. Otter Tail County's five-person board of commissioners made the decision after discussing the importance of a lobbyist monitoring issues of specific importance to the county. The contract will cover just the 2019 legislative session. Continuation of the contract will be decided after this coming year's session is completed in St. Paul. "With 26 years of experience working with Minnesota state government, operating my own lobbying firm allows me to provide the highest level of hands on and flexible service to clients such as Otter Tail County," Psick said. During the legislative session, she is at the state capitol every day, covering legislative committee hearings, one-on-one meetings with legislators and performing legislative staff monitoring. "I have established close working relationships with leadership in both the State House and State Senate, as well as with key legislative staff members," Psick said. As for specific benefits to Otter Tail County, she points to strategic advice to the county board of commissioners regarding proposed legislation, amendments and committee testimony. "We need more of our tax dollars from Otter Tail County, sent to the state, coming back to us in the form of grants," said Doug Huebsch, county board member from Perham. "This is another reason to hire a lobbyist based in St. Paul during the state legislative sessions." The hiring of Psick will augment county board members in their lobbying efforts with local lawmakers that include State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen and State House members Bud Nornes and Mary Franson. "We've already seen benefits even prior to hiring Sarah Psick," said County Board Chairman Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids. "She tipped us off about a muskies survey conducted at the Minnesota State Fair." Board member Lee Rogness of Fergus Falls said there's no doubt that Otter Tail County needs a voice every day in St. Paul during legislative sessions, starting in 2019.

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