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  • "We're from the government and we're here to....."

    Seattle, Washington currently boasts the highest-in-the-country minimum wage where workers employed by “large employers” must be paid $13 per hour.  Last year, a city mandate raised that wage from $11 per hour to $13.   This was the second wage increase in less than one year and on Monday, we learned that elected officials in Seattle may have gone too far in the latest social engineering experiment.New research, conducted by economists at the University of Washington, shows...

  • Why do Minnesota teachers pay dues to bail out NEA DC bosses?

    Officials at Education Minnesota (the statewide affiliate of the NEA) went berserk the last day of the Minnesota special legislative session, demanding that Governor Dayton veto the K-12 education budget for the next two years.  The reason?  The new budget, that also includes more than $1.3 billion in increased funding for Minnesota’s public schools includes a new provision that ends the ridiculous teacher tenure law known as “Last In, First Out.”  This default p...

  • The Biomass Mess

    In 1994, the Minnesota legislature struck a deal that allowed Xcel Energy to store additional radioactive nuclear waste in above-ground storage casks located on Prairie Island in return for enacting a requirement that the energy company generate or buy a government-mandated percentage of biomass energy for their customers.  That compromise, forged between Republican Governor Arne Carlson and DFL legislative leaders Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe and Speaker Dee Long, put into place the Re...

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