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 […]

Economy Talk with Bob Ciernia

Small business owner and community activist Bob Ciernia joins me in the studio for a discussion about how he is doing in the recession and what he sees as a way forward for the economy.  Listen at 6pm Wednesday, July 27th on KYMN Radio 1080AM or listen on line at kymnradio.net. Hope you enjoy it.

Economy Talk: State Sen. John Marty

State Sen. John Marty of Roseville will be my guest on Economy talk this week.  We’ll talk about the role of government in our economy and an update on negotiations of the State shutdown.  Tune in Wed. 6pm, July 13th KYMN Radio at 1080AM or listen on line at EconomyTalk. To read a recent essay […]

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 […]

Free Event: Artists on Stage for Health Care

The Campaign for the Minnesota Health Plan is sponsoring a free evening of entertainment and speakers on May 2nd at 7:00 PM at the Park Square Theater, 20 W. 7th Place in St. Paul. Featured artists are guitarist Michael Hauser, playwright, author and NPR commentator Kevin Kling, musician and speaker Pop Wagner, visual artists Patty […]

Economy Talk 4: Do the Right Thing

“Do the right thing in the right way all the time”  Tor Dahl says he found this quote on the tallest statue of Buddha in China.  It has been a guide for him since and he says he recognized it as the sentiment that has shaped his life.  In my conversation with Tor Dahl he […]

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
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