Mar 3, 2014
DULUTH, Minn. — Union members expect their organization to defend their employment, but in the case of 11 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees hired by the Human Development Center in Duluth their would-be protector tried to take their jobs away.
Feb 20, 2014
Laurie Hacking, the executive director of the Teachers Retirement Association (TRA), wrote a long response to my commentary in the Pioneer Press last week.
Feb 11, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Even as Gov. Mark Dayton works to streamline laws already on the books, many agencies fail to report obsolete rules that need to go away.
MN businesses can buy place on leadership council, but does it mean favored status at taxpayers’ expense?
Jan 29, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — For $11, 500, Minnesota businesses can buy a premium membership with the Business Leadership Council, part of the Business Alliance Program.
Jan 21, 2014
The Teachers Retirement Association (or “TRA) is the pension fund administrator for most of Minnesota’s teacher pension funds. As such, you would expect it to be a very buttoned down, no nonsense kind of place where teaching professionals would go for information and advice on their retirement savings. (Think about what your website for a 401k looks like.) Instead,TRA fashions itself as more of a good friend---and an advocacy organization for the cause of getting and keeping defined benefit pensions for its members.
Jan 17, 2014
ON THE LINE: An analysis of 2013 government payments to Minnesota phone companies shows the cost of Lifeline service rose to $9.5 million, a 60 percent increase in program outlays since so-called “Obamaphones” came to Minnesota two years ago.
Jan 9, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — AFSCME has wasted little time reacting to a Watchdog Minnesota Bureau report, which found the union took taxpayer money designated for child-care training and used it for union organizing.
Jan 8, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Opponents of an effort to unionize family child-care providers have long suspected — but could never prove — that some taxpayer money designated for training was instead used for union organizing.
Dec 20, 2013
In a short report for American Experiment, I outline a number of key insights on Minnesota’s economy, workforce, and budget based on the data and analysis published in the November Budget & Economic Forecast. Here’s a summary of what I found.
Dec 4, 2013
On Tuesday U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes issued a ruling that said the city of Detroit could file for protection from creditors under Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code. "The city no longer has the resources to provide its citizens with basic police, fire and emergency services," he said, ruling that the city “was and is insolvent.”