Lori Sturdevant: Legislators lend an ear and hear about 'the Minnesota way'The Legislature's state budget listening sessions that began Thursday had been dismissed as "just a sham" and "lack of leadership sessions" by conservative critics. If folks in Rochester heard that spin, they evidently didn't buy it. Two hundred chairs were set up for the expected crowd at Rochester Community and Technical College's Heintz Center Thursday night. Fo... Read More
I am afraid so – the spurious, irrelevant, misinformed, multitude of criticisms to that plan have “stimulated” me to actually examine the plan (no, not all 1100 pages) and evaluate how legitimate are the critiques. Frankly, they are…well, unfounded and disingenuous, to be polite. And their negativity only exacerbates the critical and declining state of affairs in our country, because a key portion of our problems ar... Read More
Dave Van Hattum: Build bigger roads, or build a future?There's no question that the nation's economy needs a kick in the pants. With an unemployment rate at nearly 8 percent and rising, Americans need to get back to work. Still, Americans want to understand how stimulus money will be spent. How will the country measure the success of its investments in schools, transportation, health care and other programs designed to create jobs and bui... Read More
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Freezes vs. pay cutsThere's more symbolism than substance to the dust-up in the state Senate last week over salaries and staff hires. The call by several Republicans for a 5 percent wage cut for legislators would save chump change in comparison to a deficit of more than $5 billion. And legislative salaries are also so low -- $31,140, plus expense allowances (per diem) of up to about $13,000 more per year for senators, $10,000 more for House membe... Read More
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