Minimum Wage Increase – other Laws Take Effect Aug 1

St. Paul Sunset A summary of the new laws which will take effect on August 1st includes an increase in the minimum wage. Beginning this Friday, the hourly minimum wage will be $8.00 for businesses which have gross sales over $500,000.  The law provides for further increases to $9.50 by 2016. The is the first time in ten […]

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, […]

Minimum Wage Increase Becomes Law

Food Service Worker Cropped 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 […]

“Right to Work?”

EPIlogo06_125px   In a blog post on the Levins Publishing Website by Andy Timming and Richard Levins they try to help us understand what this policy is about: What, exactly, is Right to Work? One thing for certain: it is NOT what it sounds like. The name “right to work” is a clever scam to mislead […]

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, […]

Economy Talk 5: Building a Local Economy

This Wed. May 4, at 6pm listen to my conversation with Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett-Marroquin, Program Director, Rural Enterprise Center and founder of Hillside Farmers Cooperative. Regi launched the Rural Enterprise Center program of Main Street Project in 2006, but has a long history of successful transnational entrepreneurial leadership. He began working on economic development projects […]

Rally for the People

      In early April I joined about a hundred other concerned citizens to express concerns about policies across the country that undermine the rights of citizens.  Several spoke including myself and former Senator Kevin Dahle.  Here is the text of my speech on that day: We are in the “best of times and […]

Renewing a promise

Recent news from Wisconsin and Ohio show a growing willingness of people to draw together to speak out against what they perceive as injustice and a denial of democracy. The issues are somewhat misrepresented in the larger media siding with the New Republican Governor’s wanting to take away the rights of public employee union members […]