New Laws Effective 7/1/14: Kill Switch, Pollinators, Broadband Connectivity, etc.

capitol New Laws going into effect on 7/1/14 reflect a wide range of goals for the state. Here are just some of the highlights: Education: The per-pupil basic education formula was increased. State colleges and universities are directed to develop a plan to help students transfer credits more easily. Gender Pay Gap: laws addressing expanded parental leave, […]

Bonding Proposal/Cash Plan has Broad Reach

Capital This year’s bonding proposal/cash plan which came out of the House Capital Investment Committee was released today. It includes $914.6 million in projects, $850 million of which will need to be borrowed through the bonding process. The University of Minnesota and MnSCU will both receive money for projects including $56 million to renovate the Tate […]

FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION

floodDamage President Obama signed the Minnesota Disaster Declaration for the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Lake, Meeker, Pine, Rice, Sibley, St. Louis, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. This kind of action will […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NORTHSTAR FREE RIDE – GRAND OPENING

The Northstar Commuter Rail Project and Metro Transit have announced an  opportunity for you to take part in Minnesota history – a chance to be one of the first Minnesotans to ride the Northstar Line. On Saturday, Nov. 14, public events will be held at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis to mark Northstar’s grand […]

District Six MN DOT Report

I attended a presentation by the new Commissioner of Transportation, Thomas K. Sorel and District 6 staff of the transportation plans for coming years. They explained that the moneys allocated by the legislature would primarily be used for bridge repair and that although their would be some forward movement on pending projects it would be […]

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