Rally for the People

      In early April I joined about a hundred other concerned citizens to express concerns about policies across the country that undermine the rights of citizens.  Several spoke including myself and former Senator Kevin Dahle.  Here is the text of my speech on that day: We are in the “best of times and […]

Economy Talk 2

Wed. March 30th at 6pm you can listen to installment two of “Economy Talk.”  This week I am talking with Prof. Steve Soderlind about his current primary concern, “Are the Kids all right?”  Steve teaches Urban and Regional Economics, Economic Principles, Evolutionary Economics, Consumer Economics. We explore the current struggles in making sure the generation […]

Finding New Heroes

The other day my friend Arnie Arneson, radio host for “Political Chowder” sent me an article from the New Hampshire Portland Press Herald explaining reactions to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget $6.1 billion spending package in which he proposes to raid teacher benefits and pensions to pay for a huge tax cut for wealthy Mainers. […]

Afternoon in Rushford

Last Saturday I took a trek down to Rushford Minnesota to join other DFLers in a discussion of Gov. Dayton’s proposal to ‘tax the rich.’ Former State Rep. (31B) Ken Tschumper had organized the event and invited several other local folks to join him. Here is the agenda: Everything about Budget Projections Ken Tschumper; former […]

Managed Care for Disabled: HMO money grab or fiscal prudence?

Should administration of Minnesota’s  public health programs for those with disabilities be transferred into a program administered by insurance companies?  The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that CEOs from seven major health plans and providers have come up with their own plan to streamline Minnesota’s Medicaid program. According to an

Paul Gardner’s Plain English Guide to the Minnesota State Budget!

Those of you interested in understanding Minnesota’s budget process would be greatly helped by visiting Paul Gardner’s blog.  He did a great job making it easier to understand. I served with Paul in the MN House two terms and he is a great legislator who passed some very important environmental legislation.  You can get a […]

Cost of Healthcare

My friend Steve Jaunsz sent me this e-mail after reading my post on healthcare: Here is some information on Minnesota health organizations that relate to their revenues and expenses. The Minneapolis StarTribune published an annual report of the top 100 nonprofits in Minnesota for 2009 in the Sunday 12/19/2010 newspaper. The top 15 organizations in […]

State Economist praises the Federal Stimulus Money

A thorough and informative article was published by Doug Grow from Minnpost.com titled “Budget forecast highlights the vastly different federal stimulus views of Pawlenty and state economist.”  As it states in the article, Gov. Pawlenty has been in “attack mode” regarding almost everything the Obama administration has been doing including the federal stimulus money.  However, […]

Interesting Briefs Filed on Unallotment

On Monday, March 15, at 9:00 AM the Minnesota Supreme Court will address the arguments for and against the unallotments made to the budget by Governor Pawlenty. In a Friend of the Court Brief from the League of Minnesota Cities, an argument is made that the legislature, when passing the unallotment statute in 1939, does […]
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