Broadband Expansion Considered

broadband The House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee heard arguments for expanding broadband in the State. “Broadband is the future of Minnesota,” said Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). “Minnesota lags behind in technology. Good broadband is a need and it’s frustrating to people when they don’t have the tools that they need.” According to […]

Health Care Exchange Signed by Governor

Health Care Friday the House passed a bill that would fund  a new state agency charged with running a health care exchange.  The agency would work with insurance carriers who would sell health care plans through a state website. According to the Minnesota Legislature’s Session Daily, more than one million consumers are expected to purchase health insurance […]

Economy Talk to take a break, here is a summary

Jeff Johnson Over the past several months I have brought you 30 conversations dealing with our current economic situation.  I invited guests from a variety of backgrounds to come and talk with me about how our economy works, how we ended up in a deep recession and how we might get out of it.  In addition I […]

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 Dr. Hsiao: Vermont Single Payer

Last Sunday, I attended a presentation sponsored by the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition. Renowned economist, Dr.  William Hsiao  spoke about the recently signed law for a single payer system in the State of Vermont. Dr. Hsiao is the K.T. Li Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  He is one of the most interesting figures in […]

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 […]

Economy Talk: Steve and Joan Janusz

Steve and Joan Janusz, retired Northfielders have decided to make Health Care access and reform their cause.  With Health Care costs being the fasting growing part of almost any budget it is no wonder that it is something that needs all of our attention.  For Joan, a former County Nurse, it is access to health […]

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 […]

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 […]

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