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 […]

Economy Talk 6: D. Arnie Arnesen

My friend Arnie Arnesen was in town to moderate several panels for the St. Olaf Economic Summit held April 15th this year. I asked if she could join me for a brief half hour interview.  This week’s show (May 11th, 6pm, KYMN Radio) is a recording of that conversation. Those of you who don’t know her here […]

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. […]
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