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Feds Sign Check to Fund Twin Cities Central Corridor Light Rail

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Yesterday at the Minnesota State Revenue Building, Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken, Rep. Betty McCollum, Mayors R.T. Rybak and Chris Coleman joined a handful of other officials to celebrate the federal government signing a check to fund half of the Twin Cities Central Corridor Light Rail line. Continue Reading →

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Would “baby monitors” eliminate home care jobs?

Rep. Drazkowski meets with AFSCME members

AFSCME Council 5 posted the following video online today of its contentious meeting with Minnesota State Representative Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa). Drazkowski faced harsh questioning from union members for his support of legislation that could slash 20,968 public and private sector jobs in health and human services. Continue Reading →

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Minority Leader Thissen: We’re Spending Money We Don’t Have

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House Minority Leader Paul Thissen attacks Republican Reps. Keith Downey and Joyce Peppin during Omnibus State Government Finance Bill hearings, saying, “if you were a private business and you were going to expect these revenues in the future, so we’re gonna spend money now on the expectation that you’d get that money in the future, you’d be fired almost immediately.” Continue Reading →

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Working America Minneapolis Rallies For Job Creation

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Local members of Working America joined their brethren in cities across the country today in a rally to focus attention on job creation. Working America is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, which combines the strength of about 10 million union and non-union members to argue against what they consider wrong-headed priorities that favor the rich and corporate special interests over America’s well-being. Continue Reading →

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Weekly Audit: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing — The Myth of Fiscal Conservatism

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Fashionable pundits like to say that the Republican Party has shifted its focus from “social conservatism” (e.g., banning abortion, shoving gays back in the closet, teaching school children that humans and dinosaurs once walked the earth hand-in-claw) to fiscal conservatism (e.g., tax cuts for the rich, slashing social programs). But is that really true? Continue Reading →

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Replay – DFL Legislators Detail Barriers to Women in GOP Budget Proposals

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Today at 10:45 a.m. in the Minnesota State Capitol, DFL legislators will discuss how the GOP agenda would negatively impact Minnesota women. They claim that Republicans have introduced budgets that create significant barriers for Minnesota women to succeed. Continue Reading →

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Thissen Accuses MN GOP of Throwing Local Government Under De-funded Bus

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DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (Richfield) spoke to the media this morning in advance of today’s House floor session. He read the following statement in opposition to GOP proposed budget cuts to Local Government Aid and transportation funds, and took questions afterward. Continue Reading →

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“Moving Money Around” Won’t Truly Balance Budget Says Rep. Goodwin

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Representative Barbara Goodwin (DFL-Fridley) says the state can’t continue to fix it’s budget problems by “moving money around” as Republicans have proposed with taking money from plan to raid $60 million from the Douglas J Johnson Economic Development Trust Fund. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud Mayor Kleis Emphasizes Importance of LGA

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Yesterday, following Dayton’s speech at the Legislative Conference for Minnesota Cities, Counties, School Boards, Townships, The UpTake spoke to Kleis about the importance of Local Government Aid that St. Cloud receives from the state. Continue Reading →

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