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  • MNsure failing to produce results

    07/23/2014 9:12:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Quad Community Press ^ | 7-22-14 | Linda Runbeck
    It’s been almost one year since Minnesota rolled out its state version of Obamacare, called MNsure. How is this experiment with government-run health care working? Let’s start with the basic fact that Minnesota’s health care is second to none. Before MNsure, close to 97 percent of Minnesotans had health insurance coverage or were eligible to procure it at very low or no cost. This was among the highest percentage of insured people in the nation. Some $160 million in taxpayer money has been spent to launch MNsure, and we are no better off today. The state had two unique programs:...
  • Gov. Dayton: Minnesota should eliminate coal use

    07/21/2014 5:11:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 7-18-14 | AP
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton challenged energy policy and business leaders Thursday to find a way for Minnesota to eliminate coal from the state's energy production.</p> <p>Dayton, who has spoken of his aim to eliminate coal before, said it's time to start talking details so that Minnesota can lead the nation.</p>
  • MNsure Monthly Premiums Likely to Increase Significantly

    07/10/2014 7:22:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-9-14 | Jay Kolls
    The head of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans gave a hint of what might come soon to those who pay for health insurance coverage through MNsure, Minnesota's health care exchange. Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which is the professional association for the HMOs that offer health coverage through MNsure. Brunner recently told a University of Minnesota symposium that she would "not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent." Gov. Mark Dayton tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he would be disappointed by such a...
  • Minnesota Home Care Workers Launch Union Vote

    07/08/2014 8:12:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    kstp ^ | 7-8-14 | ap
    ome health care workers in Minnesota are moving ahead with a union election, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Union organizers presented a petition to state officials Tuesday. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that similar workers in Illinois don't have to pay any union dues. The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed a bill that allows a unionization vote by workers who provide care to elderly and disabled people in their homes. Minnesota Public Radio News reports more than 26,000 workers are eligible to vote, and the 9,000 cards delivered to the state Bureau of Mediation Services exceeded the 30...
  • [MN Gov.] Dayton supports licensing dog breeders, yet rejects any oversight of abortion facilities

    07/03/2014 12:47:48 PM PDT · by rhema · 10 replies
    MCCL ^ | 7/2/14
    New regulations of pet breeders go into effect; governor previously vetoed abortion center licensing ST. PAUL — A measure to license and inspect commercial dog and cat breeders—passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this year—went into effect on July 1. The new regulations throw into sharp relief Dayton's refusal to accept any state licensing or inspection of abortion facilities, which perform thousands of surgical procedures on Minnesota women each year. "Gov. Dayton wants to safeguard the well-being of pets, and that is admirable," said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for...
  • MNSure lapse leaves 16,000 low-income applicants awaiting coverage

    07/03/2014 5:23:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-3-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    At least 16,000 low-income Minnesotans never received letters telling them that the state needed more information on their MNsure applications for health insurance, and many possibly remain uninsured. State officials disclosed the mistake Wednesday and blamed the problem on human error. The notices were supposed to tell the applicants to provide more information to qualify for the state's Medical Assistance program, but the notices were never sent. The applicants applied through MNsure, the state's new health insurance exchange, but their eligibility for the low-income assistance couldn't be automatically verified. "We understand that this is unacceptable to have not been sending...
  • Minnesota governor cheers relocation of major corporation HQ to … Ireland

    06/18/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When Rick Perry stumps for businesses to relocate, at least he’s cheering for his home state of Texas as the final destination. In Minnesota, we have the unusual experience of having a governor laud a corporation for moving its headquarters out of the state — and out of the country. Medtronic, a leading manufacturer of medical devices, acquired an Irish firm in the same sector, but will move its corporate headquarters to Ireland rather than transfer Covidien’s executive operations to Minnesota (via Gary Gross): “As I look at the project as governor of Minnesota, this is a good deal...
  • Rich States, Poor States, 2014 Edition

    04/28/2014 6:01:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2014 | Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams
    Throughout the country, states are looking for ways to energize their economies and become more competitive. Each state confronts this task with a set of policy decisions unique to their own situation, but not all state policies lead to economic prosperity. Using years of economic data and empirical evidence from each state, the authors identify which policies can lead a state to economic prosperity. Rich States, Poor States not only identifies these policies but also makes sound research-based conclusions about which states are poised to achieve greater economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster...
  • Minnesota's wealthy caught in a tight tax net over residency

    04/19/2014 9:19:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 4-16-14 | ADAM BELZ
    It’s getting tougher for Minnesotans to avoid the state’s taxes by spending part of the year somewhere else. Snowbirds and high earners are discovering that they must do more than buy a condo in the Sun Belt and register a vehicle there, after a court decision last year reinforced the state’s ability to use any of more than two dozen criteria to determine who is a Minnesota resident. “People refer to it as Hotel Minnesota,” said Matt Shea, a lawyer at Gray Plant Mooty. “You can come any time you like, but you can never leave.” To determine tax residency,...
  • State’s transportation budget is headed the wrong way(MN)

    04/12/2014 7:50:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Quad Community Press ^ | 4-8-14 | Roger Chamberlain
    During the last twenty years, roads and bridges have taken a back seat to commuter and light rail projects. This was never clearer than in a 2010 report by the Metropolitan Council titled, “Regional 2030 Transportation Policy Plan,” which virtually gives up on constructing any new vehicle lanes in the seven-county metropolitan area. Instead, the plan places heavy emphasis on rail projects. The population of the metropolitan area is about 3.3 million. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are only about 20 percent of that. In other words, most people live and work outside of the two cities. So why is there...
  • MNsure to undergo evaluation by auditor, analysis of its coverage effectiveness

    04/10/2014 4:59:04 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-10-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    As Minnesota's legislative auditor announced Wednesday a full evaluation of MNsure, state officials revealed plans to address a key question: Did the federal health law reduce the number of Minnesotans lacking coverage. MNsure has asked University of Minnesota researchers to work with insurance companies and the state Department of Human Services to provide a preliminary estimate for the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act on the uninsured rate in Minnesota. The most recent estimate suggests about 445,000 Minnesotans lacked coverage last year. Projections last year suggested the health law would reduce that number to between 159,000 and 201,000 by...
  • North Korean Leader Has Perfect NCAA Bracket

    03/29/2014 3:05:39 PM PDT · by Diogenes Sarcastica · 58 replies
    Middle Finger News Service ^ | 3/29/2014 | Diogenes
    (MFNS) - North Korea announced today that its leader Kim Jung-Un has a perfect NCAA tournament bracket on the road to the final four of the prestigious collegiate basketball competition. “Our dear leader has once again vanquished the capitalist slime with his superior brainpower. While the imperialist scum sided with the largest, most powerful programs, Kim Jung-Un foresaw the power of underdog squadrons."A contest sponsored by Warren Buffet promised to give $1 billion to anyone with a perfect bracket at the end of the tournament. Every contestant has already been eliminated.Although Kim did not officially enter the contest, officials...
  • Outside review finds deep flaws in MNsure website

    01/23/2014 4:49:46 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press/AP ^ | 1-23-14 | PATRICK CONDON
    The review identifies a number of fundamental problems with MNsure.org, including: — Lack of capacity for tying together all data entered by consumers. — The inability for users to make changes to information they entered during the open enrollment period. — Lack of access for workers to assist consumers who are shopping for insurance plans. — Multiple sets of rules governing the website operations that lead to the potential for errors as they overlap. — Inadequate testing capabilities for website functions. In addition to rampant problems with the website, the Optum review tackled the MNsure toll-free call center, which has...
  • Gov. Dayton unveils $986 million in construction project wishes

    01/16/2014 5:13:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-15-14 | Billy Salisbury
    Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to embark on one of the state's most ambitious and expensive public works construction programs ever. Dayton called Wednesday for borrowing nearly $1 billion this year to modernize state college and university buildings, revitalize downtown business centers and upgrade parks, prisons and other facilities while leaving enough money to complete the renovation of the deteriorating state Capitol building. He predicted his bonding bill would create more than 27,000 jobs in the state. "This jobs bill would address many of our critical infrastructure needs while strengthening Minnesota's economy and getting people back to work," the Democratic-Farmer-Labor...
  • Catholic university will give platform to pro-abortion peace activist who urged ‘beating’ pro-lifers

    01/07/2014 12:55:41 PM PST · by topher · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:14 EST | by Matthew Archbold
    DAYTON, OH, January 7, 2014 (CardinalNewmanSociety.org) - The University of Dayton will be hosting a pro-abortion rights and pro-contraception Nobel Peace Prize winner who ironically advocated “beating men left and right” if they opposed abortion. According to its website,the Marianist University will host Leymah Gbowee, who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for leading a women's peace movement that helped end a civil war in Liberia. She has been invited by the Office of the Provost and the UD Speaker Series to deliver the keynote speech at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration on January 21,...
  • 90 Year Old Fights Off Robber With Gun (armed 90-year old)

    01/04/2014 5:24:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    fox45now.com ^ | 1 January, 2013 | NA
    DAYTON -- A gun-toting 90-year-old man scared a robber out of his business. A man came into R&J Laundromat on Monday afternoon and demanded money from the owner, George Hicks, 90. Hicks grabbed his gun and chased the robber out the door and then called 911. Here is an excerpt of that call: 911 Dispatcher: "Did he take any money?" Victim: "No. No. When he shoved me, I jumped up and went for my gun and when I went for my gun I said I'll blow your (expletive) brains out and he was gone." "I want to shake the man's...
  • Embattled MNsure chief abruptly resigns

    12/17/2013 6:46:48 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-17-13 | BRIAN BAKST
    The chief of Minnesota's health insurance exchange has resigned abruptly after facing criticism over the rollout and a questionably timed vacation. April Todd-Malmlov submitted her resignation Tuesday evening during a closed session of MNsure's governing board. She had been under increasing pressure over insurance sign-up problems and failed to get a vote of confidence from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton last week. She was a key figure in Minnesota's adaptation to the federal health overhaul since 2011. But after the Oct. 1 enrollment launch, MNsure's Website encountered technical issues and a backup call center didn't fare much better. Questions over Todd-Malmlov's...
  • MNsure director's tropical vacation amid website woes draws fire

    12/12/2013 10:50:03 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 20 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | December 12, 2013 | Jennifer Brooks
    Last month, while Minnesota's new health insurance exchange site was scrambling to fix glitches and under fire from critics, its director was on vacation. MNsure director April Todd-Malmlov took a two-week vacation to Costa Rica around Thanksgiving. Gov. Mark Dayton defended her right to take a pre-scheduled trip, but critics of the fledgling health insurance exchange pounced. The conservative group Watchdog.org put out a press release Thursday, condemning her absence while "thousands of frustrated Minnesotans were notified about glitches and errors in their applications on the state insurance exchange."
  • Terrorism Task Force Raid Leads to Guilty Pleas

    12/06/2013 4:19:33 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies
    DAYTON DAILY NEWS ^ | December 5, 2013 | n/a
    DAYTON — SNIPPET: "Muzaffar Mirsoliyev, 28, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement under oath during a matter relating to naturalization and citizenship. His father, Mustafo Mirsoliyev, 51, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to one count of failure of an alien to update a change of address within ten days of relocation. Muzaffar Mirsoliyev's wife, Fanisa Shaydullina, 26, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by an individual illegally in the United States."
  • Michele Bachmann: Minnesota Democrats need to keep their Obamacare promises

    12/04/2013 5:18:11 PM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/3/13 | Michele Bachmann
    It has now been two months since the Obamacare rollout began, and what do Minnesotans have to show for it? And more importantly, what are Sen. Franken, Sen. Klobuchar and Gov. Dayton doing to fix these cascading problems? Already more than 5 million Americans are losing their existing health care plans, including low-income college students; 140,000 of the 5 million people nationwide receiving cancellation letters are from right here in Minnesota. So far, we have only heard about the millions of individual policies that have been canceled, but it is estimated that somewhere between 50 million to 100 million people...
  • Gov. Dayton made $343,234 last year, gave $1,000 to charity

    11/27/2013 7:46:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    city pages ^ | 11-13-13 | Olivia LaVecchia
    In the interest of transparency, Gov. Mark Dayton has released his tax returns for every year since 2009, back when he was just a candidate for the governor's office. He dropped his 2012 returns yesterday afternoon, and they reveal that last year was a prosperous one for our governor: Dayton took home his state salary of $116,125, as well as $92,381 from the family trust, and $130,291 in capital gains, for a total income of $343,234. That income puts Dayton among Minnesota's highest earners. Yet, according to his records, Dayton donated just $1,000 to charity in 2012.
  • Minnesota turkey makes governor's office appearance (photo )

    11/26/2013 3:22:15 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-26-13 | TZ
    With two other turkeys ticketed for a presidential pardon at the White House, their brother met Minnesota's governor Monday at a state Capitol ceremony featuring much of the same upbeat pageantry ahead of a far gloomier fate for the bird. Jokingly dubbed "Delicious" by a farmer traveling with the 20-pound gobbler, the unfortunate turkey enjoyed only a brief stay of execution - not a reprieve - during a ceremony laced with gallows humor at Gov. Mark Dayton's Capitol office. The next stop for the pink and white bird: a trip to the St. Paul Salvation Army and, eventually, dinner for...
  • Dayton rejects Obama's health insurance policy change option

    11/19/2013 4:47:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-13 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Siding with Minnesota health insurers, Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that the state won't follow President Barack Obama's lead and let people renew individual health insurance policies that don't comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. The governor made his announcement in response to a letter Monday from Julie Brunner of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, a trade group that argued that letting consumers maintain coverage likely would result in fewer young and healthy people buying coverage through MNsure, the state's new health insurance exchange. The absence of those consumers, Brunner wrote, could drive up costs and reduce options...
  • Guv to Pay Attorneys’ Fees to the Family Child Care Providers he Called Right Wing Extremists

    10/30/2013 4:54:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    true north ^ | 10-29-13 | dan mcgrath
    Governor Dayton and the Bureau of Mediation Services yesterday settled to reimburse $60,000 in attorneys’ fees to the home-based child care providers who sued to halt Governor Dayton’s unlawful executive order establishing a unionization procedure for the providers. In Swanson, et al. v. Dayton, et al, the court found that the governor’s executive order exceeded his constitutional authority, struck down the order and awarded attorneys’ fees to the prevailing plaintiffs. The Administration paid these fees in compliance with a Minnesota Court of Appeals’ order earlier this year which said the fees were owed because the Governor was not merely wrong...
  • Police Cruiser Slams Into Couple On Bike Dash Cam Video Couple Flies Over Troopers Car

    09/19/2013 8:20:36 AM PDT · by Altariel · 52 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 11, 2013 | mamma tejada
    Police Cruiser Slams Into Couple On Bike Dash Cam Video Couple Flies Over Troopers Car. Newly released dash-cam video shows an Ohio State Trooper slamming his cruiser into a couple riding a motorcycle. The trooper, Jacob Daymon, was driving on U.S. 35, east of Dayton last month, when the camera caught the moment of impact. Daymon appears to not see the couple until it's too late and the two are tossed back over the car. As Amy and Corey Waldman lay alongside the road, Daymon asked if they were alright, then checked his vehicle and ran up the road to...
  • Dayton father of 27 speaks: ‘I know of people who have even more than me’

    09/11/2013 6:45:50 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 69 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | September 11, 2013 | Amelia Robinson
    “Divorce Court” aired Friday had a one word answer when asked how one man could have 27 children. “Sex,” Nathaniel J. Smith responded Monday. The answer came just hours after Smith was released from the Montgomery County Jail on a failure to appear charge related to a child support case. Smith said he was unaware of the court appearance for which he was arrested Sunday morning. The 39-year-old father of 12 sons and 15 daughters by 17 women said he didn’t think about his children’s best interest when he was procreating. “How I lived is wrong. I will admit everything,...
  • Other voices: Don't die in Minnesota -- it'll cost too much

    09/05/2013 3:26:49 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9-4-13 | Pioneer Press
    Minnesota just increased the incentive to move to Florida, the Wall Street Journal opined in an editorial last week. Not only does our state impose an estate tax at a nation's-highest rate of 16 percent, this year the Minnesota Legislature enacted a new 10 percent gift tax, a levy on money given away while still alive. Tax-happy Minnesota got tax-happier during the DFL-led 2013 legislative session. In response, North Dakota officials put up billboards reminding Minnesotans they were still "open for business" on their side of the border. And now the Wall Street Journal put Minnesota smack dab at the...
  • Atomic bomb re-enacting dropped from Ohio air show

    04/18/2013 8:54:51 AM PDT · by oxcart · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2013 | By DAN SEWELL
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- A popular southwest Ohio air show has canceled plans to stage a re-enactment of the devastating World War II atomic bomb attack on Japan after protests, officials said Thursday. Dayton Air Show spokeswoman Brenda Kerfoot said the June 22-23 event at Dayton International Airport will keep a planned "Great Wall of Fire" pyrotechnic show but not as an event meant to re-enact the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima. The B-29 plane "Fifi," similar to the Enola Gay B-29 bomber used to attack Japan, will remain in the show but in a separate role. Air show officials...
  • What Minnesota's one-party rule has wrought

    08/18/2013 5:40:53 PM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 8/18/13 | Bob Barrett
    This is the year hardworking taxpayers found out what one-party control of Minnesota government looks like. It isn’t Shangri-La. More like Detroit. A recent report titled “The Fiscal Survey of States: Spring 2013,” produced by the National Governors Association (Gov. Mark Dayton serves on the group’s Executive Committee) makes very clear that Minnesota’s tax increases this year were extreme compared to the rest of the country. Our sales tax increases were the fourth-highest in America. Our income tax increases were second-highest. Our corporate tax increases were the very highest, as were our tobacco tax increases (by a mile). Considering the...
  • Mayo Clinic: Same-sex partners must marry to keep benefits

    07/31/2013 1:50:05 PM PDT · by rhema · 34 replies
    ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Mayo Clinic says its Minnesota employees who are in same-sex domestic partnerships will have to get married if they want their partners to remain eligible for health insurance -- now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage. Mayo Clinic spokesman Bryan Anderson told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that the clinic hasn't yet determined the deadline for same-sex couples to get married. Same-sex marriages will be legal in Minnesota as of Thursday. "Mayo has long had a policy providing same-sex domestic partner benefits because those affected were not allowed to be married. That policy notes that marriage would...
  • (Marx) Dayton says his mystery trip pitted secrecy against jobs for Minnesota

    07/30/2013 2:23:26 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/30/13 | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday was steadfast in his insistence that he did the right thing by keeping the target of his economic development trip last week a mystery. "I went because I am trying to get jobs for Minnesota and part of that is meeting with businesses who don’t share my willingness to be put in the public limelight," he told reporters on Tuesday, the first day he met with the media since his mystery mission. "If I am going to have to disclose where I went in that kind of situation, it is going to cost me the...
  • Are 200 Horizon Milling jobs first casualty of new tax hikes passed by Gov. Dayton and legislature?

    07/26/2013 11:22:22 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    Center of the American Experiment ^ | July 26, 2013 | Peter J. Nelson
    Cargill, CHS, Inc. and ConAgra are in the process of merging their flour milling operations into a new firm called Ardent Mills and just last week they announced Denver will be the new flour milling superpower’s headquarters. Cargill and ConAgra will each own a 44 percent stake and CHS, Inc. will own 12 percent. Thus, Twin Cities-based corporations hold a majority stake. Cargill and CHS, Inc. already operate a joint venture, Horizon Milling, and presumably most of Horizon’s 200 high paying Minnesota jobs will be moving to Denver. Folks in Minnesota should be asking why the new firm and its...
  • Dayton says Trayvon Martin case strengthens his resolve on gun laws(America's dumbest governor?)

    07/18/2013 11:23:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-17-13 | Administration Propaganda
    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that the Florida case involving Trayvon Martin's death in a scuffle with a neighborhood watch volunteer has stiffened his opposition to efforts to expand cases where lethal force is presumed legitimate. Dayton commented on last weekend's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Martin in 2012. Dayton said while he isn't privy to evidence jurors in the case saw, he personally believes Zimmerman "went way beyond what was called for in the situation." He tied the case to proposals recently before lawmakers to expand Minnesota's stand-your-ground law in which people can use...
  • Pilot, stunt walker killed in plane crash at Ohio air show

    06/22/2013 3:43:51 PM PDT · by Doogle · 47 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | AP via FOX
    DAYTON, Ohio – A plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show and exploded into flames Saturday, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said. The crash of the 450 HP Stearman happened at around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show at Dayton International Airport. No spectators were hurt. A video posted on WHIO-TV shows the plane turn upside-down as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, erupting into flames as spectators screamed. Ian Hoyt, an aviation photographer and licensed pilot from Findlay, was at the...
  • Plane Crash Cancels Dayton Airshow (Biplane with wing walker)

    The Vectren Dayton Air Show has been cancelled for the day in the aftermath of a fiery crash.
  • Online shoppers, services, top earners will pay more July 1

    06/22/2013 6:49:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-22-13 | billy salisbury
    The tobacco levy isn't the only tax going up July 1. This year, the Minnesota Legislature extended the sales taxes to a number of new services. Consumers will start paying the state's 6.875 percent sales tax on the digital music, movies, books, e-greeting cards and video and computer games that they download from the Internet or receive by email. They also will pay sales taxes on some -- but not all -- Internet purchases. The new law requires online retailers that have a physical presence or affiliates in Minnesota to start collecting state sales taxes, eliminating their advantage over Minnesota's...
  • Amazon ending affiliate relationships to avoid Minnesota's online sale tax

    06/18/2013 12:26:52 PM PDT · by rhema · 23 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/18/13 | Nick Woltman
    In advance of having to collect online state sales tax, Amazon said Tuesday that it will sever ties with its Minnesota-based affiliate websites that receive a fee for referring shoppers to the retail giant's online store. The move comes less than a month after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a law requiring certain online businesses with a physical presence or affiliates in Minnesota to charge sales tax on items it sells to the state's residents. The law takes effect July 1. "While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before Congress," Amazon...
  • Teacher unions undermine classroom achievement

    06/12/2013 5:39:32 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 6/11/13 | GARY MARVIN DAVISON
    Unions such as Education Minnesota represent the greatest barrier to improving teacher quality. Teachers unions such as Education Minnesota consistently promote practices that undermine excellence in the classroom. Education Minnesota is the second best funded lobbying force in the state, eclipsed only by the National Rifle Association. Having aided the election of Gov. Mark Dayton and a DFL-controlled Legislature, Education Minnesota is vigorously calling in its chips. With Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius as its agents, Education Minnesota has been hugely successful in disassembling the previous system of school accountability. Cassellius sought waivers from requirements that were effectively identifying...
  • Minnesota plays pretend with marriage [Right Side of History isn't on Wrong Side of Reality]

    06/01/2013 4:00:46 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | June 1, 2013 | Katherine Kersten
    One of the clearest things about Minnesota’s new gay-marriage law is that it requires Minnesotans to “play pretend” — to embrace obvious fictions as reality. For example, the law states that citizens must view the union of two people of the same sex — who can’t produce a child — as identical to that of a man and woman, whose sexual complementarity is the only thing that can. The law also declares that, henceforth, “when necessary to implement the rights and responsibilities of spouses or parents in a civil marriage between persons of the same sex,” words like “mother” and...
  • Day care union foes taking new law to court (MN)

    05/29/2013 6:12:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-28-13 | doug belden
    Opponents of the new Minnesota law that could allow thousands of child care providers and personal care workers to unionize are suing to stop it. The opponents say the legislation allowing the groups to vote on whether to bargain collectively with the state is unconstitutional. "What the suit says is that the Legislature can't set up an election procedure in which employers are represented by unions. It's just not allowed under federal labor law," said Douglas Seaton, attorney for a group of child care providers opposing the union effort. But home-based child care providers are exempt from the National Labor...
  • Minnesota Senate to take up tax bill; plan raises $2.1 billion in new revenue

    05/20/2013 7:11:34 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-20-13 | Bill Salisbury, Doug Belden and Megan Boldt
    A tax bill that would raise revenue $2.1 billion by boosting taxes on high-wage earners, smokers and corporations is headed for debate by the Senate. The bill, which also helps support a development plan pushed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester officials say could bring thousands of jobs to Minnesota, is expected to be on the agenda once state Senators return to chambers at 11 a.m. The bill passed the state House by a 69-65 vote early Monday morning, May 20. It is one of the last major tax and spending bills the Legislature is taking up as it finalizes...
  • N.D. billboard campaign touts business climate, raises hackles in Minnesota

    05/17/2013 5:36:28 PM PDT · by rhema · 43 replies
    FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota is promoting its business climate at Minnesota's expense, and some politicians east of the Red River are not happy about it. The Greater North Dakota Chamber has started a campaign that mocks proposals in the Minnesota Legislature, including bills that would raise certain taxes. A chamber release said Minnesota politicians are "making a strong case for business to come across the border to North Dakota." The first billboard went up Thursday along Interstate 94 in Moorhead, Minn., which borders Fargo. It reads "North Dakota" on the top line and "Open for Business" on the bottom....
  • 'A beautiful victory': Supporters celebrate as Minnesota legalizes gay marriage

    05/15/2013 4:21:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-15-13 | Megan Boldt; Christopher Snowbeck
    When momentous events happen like the election of a new president, White Bear Lake resident Laurie Wenker makes sure to get two copies of that day's newspaper to tuck away in memory boxes for her teenage daughters. She did just that -- and more Tuesday. Wenker and daughters Eleanor, 16, and Lillian, 13, joined a crowd of an estimated 6,000 people who gathered at the state Capitol to witness Gov. Mark Dayton sign a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in Minnesota. "I wanted my kids to experience history, to take in and breathe in the equality in the air," Wenker said.
  • Joe Soucheray: Do kids really need to be monitored like hothouse orchids to prevent bullying?

    05/09/2013 4:11:53 AM PDT · by rhema · 41 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 5/7/13 | Joe Soucheray
    What the young learners have in store for them in the future is anybody's guess. Legislators wish to create something called a "school climate center," which sounds meteorological, but would be, instead, a command center to fight bullying. Fight bullying? It sounds like no fighting in the war room, from "Dr. Strangelove." Bullying is a bad thing, and I imagine teachers and administrators and even the kids know it when they see it. But that isn't enough. It is apparently painful to DFLers -- all of whom passed the new anti-bullying measure in the House -- that Minnesota's anti-bullying law...
  • Minnesota governor questions Vikings’ release of Chris Kluwe

    05/08/2013 4:55:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    1500 ESPN ^ | May 8, 2013
    “Yeah, I don’t feel good about it,” said Dayton when asked about the Minnesota Vikings decision to release outspoken punter Chris Kluwe. “I’m not in a position to evaluate the relative punting abilities, but it seems to me the general manager said, right after the draft, they were going to have competition,” Dayton recalled. “Well, they bring the one guy in, he kicks for a weekend and that’s competition? “I just think sports officials ought to be honest about what the heck is going on, same way I think public officials should be honest about what’s going on, so that...
  • Redefining marriage is extreme; MN Legislature should seek to solve specific problems first

    05/08/2013 3:42:17 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 5/7/13 | Melissa Coleman
    We can do better than this. Minnesota needs us to do better than this. People's approaches to conflict resolution range from fighting with guns and weapons to litigation -- a more civilized but still extremely adversarial process, all the way to collaborative approaches like mediation. Minnesota lawmakers require all parties to a lawsuit to attempt to resolve their conflicts through alternative dispute resolution before being allowed to duke it out in a courtroom. The Legislature needs to take its own advice before they go to the extreme measure of redefining marriage for all Minnesotans tomorrow. The great intensity of the...
  • Former politician's view: DFL doing all it can to drive job creators from Minnesota

    05/04/2013 4:09:21 PM PDT · by rhema · 24 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 5/2/13 | Phil Krinkie
    Four months ago when the legislative session began no one knew what to expect. It would be the first time in more than 20 years that the Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate as well as the Governor’s office. Now with just three weeks before the scheduled adjournment of the 2013 legislative session the intent of the DFL lawmakers actions are clear. They are doing everything imaginable in their power to drive entrepreneurs and job creators out of Minnesota. Just like a bunch of young cowboys driving a herd of cattle, the message these cowboys are sending to...
  • DFL spending will cost Minnesota

    05/04/2013 3:49:27 PM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 5/4/13 | Katherine Kersten
    Recent events at the Capitol make clear that we ­Minnesotans are on track for one of the biggest tax increases in recent state history. But suppose you could wave a magic wand and erase our budget deficit, pay off the $801 million left from the school shift, actually have a surplus — and do it all without raising taxes. There’d be dancing in the streets, right? Well, our legislators could do precisely that right now. They would simply need to freeze spending for the next biennium at current levels — about $35 billion — and we wouldn’t need a dime...
  • Minnesota House passes tax bill, raises taxes on biggest earners

    04/25/2013 5:29:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-25-13 | Billy Salisbury
    House DFLers are going after "The One Percent" in a big way. Make that the 1.1 percent of Minnesotans who earn the highest incomes. The DFL-controlled House passed a tax bill -- 69-64 with all Republicans voting "no" -- Wednesday, April 24, that creates a new, fourth income tax bracket with an 8.49 percent rate -- up from the current 7.85 percent rate -- for the top-earning 1.1 percent of Minnesotans -- couples with taxable incomes over $400,000. On top of that, the bill would impose a temporary 4 percent income tax surcharge on the 0.5 percent of taxpayers making...
  • Minnesota health exchange bill passed by Senate; now heads to Gov. Dayton

    03/19/2013 7:43:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-19-13 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Legislation to create a Minnesota marketplace for buying health insurance cleared a final hurdle Monday, March 18. The state Senate voted 39-28 along party lines to send the DFL-sponsored bill for a health exchange to Gov. Mark Dayton for his expected signature. The exchange is meant to make it easier for people to buy coverage, all while helping increase the number of people with insurance. The 2010 federal health care overhaul law of 2010 calls on state-level exchanges to be operating by October. "This is a cornerstone of the federal Affordable Care Act," said Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, before the...