2014-06-27 10.20.33

Priorities for Rebuilding Our Middle Class Society

            By David Bly In his recent visit to Minnesota, President Obama talked of a woman named Rebekah.  She is one of millions of Americans who, to use the President’s words, “work hard, do everything right, and still feel like the odds are stacked against them.” In other words, we […]

July 18, 2014 0
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AN ECONOMIC COVENANT FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE

        Northwest Airlines CEO Richard Anderson resigned in 2004 to take another lucrative job, this one with a major health insurance company.  He left Northwest as it was headed for bankruptcy and eventual sale to Delta.  In spite of Northwest’s troubles, Mr. Anderson, like other top executives at Northwest, was covered by […]

July 18, 2014 0
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Call for Volunteers for Veseli 4th of July Parade

Join us if you can this Friday for the Veseli 4th of July Parade. Line up starts at 2pm, parade at 3pm. Great small town Americana event. We are unit #31. Hope to see you there. –  

July 3, 2014
Surplus

Legislative Actions on the Projected Surplus

The 2014 Legislative session set out to achieve a balanced distribution of the $1.2 billion surplus projected by the Economic and Budget Forecast and a review of the final accounting reveals that we did just that. According to the 2014 Legislative Summary, new laws included tax relief, local aids and credit, increased funding for K-12 and higher […]

July 3, 2014
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New Laws Effective 7/1/14: Kill Switch, Pollinators, Broadband Connectivity, etc.

New Laws going into effect on 7/1/14 reflect a wide range of goals for the state. Here are just some of the highlights: Education: The per-pupil basic education formula was increased. State colleges and universities are directed to develop a plan to help students transfer credits more easily. Gender Pay Gap: laws addressing expanded parental leave, […]

June 23, 2014
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Rice and Le Sueur Counties Declared State of Emergency

Dear neighbors, A State of Emergency has been declared in Rice and Le Sueur counties due to significant damage from flooding, making a wide range of state resources available to support our communities. To ensure aid is available when we are impacted by natural disasters, the legislature created a new program to provide disaster relief […]

June 21, 2014
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Minimum Wage Increase Becomes Law

More than 325,000 Minnesotans will benefit from the Minimum Wage Law passed this week. According to an article in the Star Tribune, a Minnesotan who earns $6.15 per hour working full time earns an annual salary of $12,792 — about $7,000 below the poverty line. Raising the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour brings that […]

April 17, 2014
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Property Tax Refunds are Increasing

Several hundred thousand Minnesota families can expect an increase in their property tax refunds: homeowners can see a three percent increase in their property tax refunds and renters can expect a six percent increase if the full legislature passes the recommendation of the House’s Property Tax and Local Division Report. For those who have submitted […]

April 7, 2014
Capital

Bonding Proposal/Cash Plan has Broad Reach

This year’s bonding proposal/cash plan which came out of the House Capital Investment Committee was released today. It includes $914.6 million in projects, $850 million of which will need to be borrowed through the bonding process. The University of Minnesota and MnSCU will both receive money for projects including $56 million to renovate the Tate […]

April 2, 2014
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