The 2nd MMT Conference

At the end of September I attended The Second International Conference of Modern Monetary Theory:”Public Money, Public Purpose, Public Power” at The New School, in New York City. I was fortunate to participate in a panel on “MMT and Electoral Politics” I believe I was the only elected official in attendance. Before I share my remarks from the […]

WHY THE MIDDLE CLASS ECONOMY MATTERS TO ME

  It was the summer of 1969, my brother was getting ready to head off to college; I experienced a political and cultural transformation and so did my community and the country as a whole. We had survived the tumultuous revolutionary year, 1968: The murder of Martin Luther King Jr., the race riots across the […]

Building a Future Where More People Get Ahead

I get frequent calls from my friend David who reminds me that people who work at the nursing home he lives in are underpaid and struggle to make ends meet. I hear from MNDOT contractors who’ve conducted layoffs that decrease their ability to take on the many repairs that our state desperately needs. College students […]

Minimum Wage Increase Becomes Law

More than 325,000 Minnesotans will benefit from the Minimum Wage Law passed this week. According to an article in the Star Tribune, a Minnesotan who earns $6.15 per hour working full time earns an annual salary of $12,792 — about $7,000 below the poverty line. Raising the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour brings that […]

Guest Appearance on The Attitude

My good friend Deborah “Arnie” Arneson invited me to come on to her radio show, The Attitude, to talk about my idea for a Middle Class Amendment.  You can listen to the conversation here or subscribe to the feed.

Campaign Kick Off – Great fun and a success

            July 6th I kicked off my Northfield Campaign for election MN House Seat 20B at Northfield’s Grand Event Center on 4th and Washington Streets.  Senator Klobuchar and Governor Dayton sent regrets as they were busy touring flood damage up North after the President’s Emergency Declaration. But both Rep. Paul […]

Economy Talk to take a break, here is a summary

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 Kris Jacobs and Kevin Ristau of JOBS NOW COALITION

Join me Nov. 9th at 6pm KYMN Radio 1080 AM for a conversation about the job situation in Minnesota with Kris Jacobs and Kevin Ristau of the Minnesota JOBS NOW Coalition. JOBS NOW Coalition is statewide research and policy coalition dedicated to promoting jobs that pay a family supporting wage—enough for a family to pay […]

Wages and Tax Cuts

David Cay Jonston has been doing outstanding work on explaining what has been happening in our economy for years.  He describes himself as a Republican but one who is extremely worried about the growing inequality in our society and the growing inability of our government to meet the needs of our people as a whole. […]
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