Economy Talk with Rep. Mindy Greiling

Listen in Wed. October 26, at 6pm when I talk education funding with Rep. Mindy Greiling on KYMN radio 1080 AM or you can join us online at  As soon as the program is archived I will post the link. Former Education Finance Chair, Rep. Greiling says the result of the last session is: […]

Economy Talk with Rep. Tom Rukavina

Listen in Wed. October 19th at 6pm on KYMN radio 1080 AM or on line at We’ll be talking about higher education and workforce development in Minnesota and the effects of growing inequality in Minnesota and the rest of the country. Rep. Tom Rukavina was a contender for the DFL nomination for Governor. A […]

Economy Talk with Dr. Richard A. Levins

My guest for this coming Wednesday’s installment of Economy Talk is Dr. Richard A. Levins, author, lecturer and Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Levins has been doing a lot of thinking about the middle class and he is working with me on a re-write of my book, The Middle […]

Economy Talk with Don Hill

Economy Talk, Wednesday Sept. 14th, join me for a conversation with former MEA President and public education advocate, Don Hill. We’ll talk about the importance of labor unions to our economy and give some talk back to all the public employee bashing we hear from the extreme right.  Maybe we’ll even talk about the recent census data, […]

Checking the Health of the Middle Class

MN2o20 published a commentary I wrote, here is the beginning and a link to it: Checking the Health of the Middle Class August 15, 2011 By David Bly, Guest Commentary Ask any public official or private manager these days and they’ll tell you, “The increasing cost of providing health care access is killing us.” It […]

The Opportunity Society

      I believe in a society where we all have the opportunity to reach our full potential.  We may not all reach it but we should strive to create a society where such a thing is possible.  This means excepting the reality that a democracy, that economic fairness and potential don’t happen by […]

Save Our Schools March on Washington

On July 30, 2011 while the nation was glued to Washington waiting for news about the ‘debt ceiling’ groups of educators, students and parents were in Washington demanding we save our public schools. With teachers and schools under attack a movement is emerging to strike back. Here is a website describing what happened at SOS […]

Economy Talk with Dan Dimick

If you listened Wed. July 20th you heard my conversation with Dan Dimick, a therapist, who works with a number of vulnerable people in our area and he describes what potential budget cuts mean for those constituents and wonders how we will meet their needs if as a society we don’t see the value in […]

Shut down ends – Special Session complete

Those of you interested in some coverage of the proceedings of the Special Session might find these comments by Rep. Rick Hansen interesting: It is 3:10 pm and we have convened into special session.  124 members are present.   The Majority has moved a recess to the call of the chair.  The following bills have been […]
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