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Apr 15, 2014
Caesar should have feared the Ides of March. But most of us have more reason to rue the “Ides of April” – also known as Tax Day or April 15th. My travels as the Center’s roving Wealth and Prosperity correspondent take me among those who write some of the largest checks to Washington, D.C. and Saint Paul.
Apr 7, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The future of public employee labor unions for state-paid personal care attendants remains up in the air as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs an Illinois case, but you’d never know it by the organizing drive under way to form a sister union in Minnesota. The Service Employees International Union claims the campaign to unionize about 16
Apr 4, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton is encouraging DFL state legislators to break an agreement they made with Republicans last year. He thinks that the bonding bill should include more borrowing than was agreed, so the agreed-upon limit should be tossed out the window.
Mar 28, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The state government may struggle to balance a budget and fix insolvent pension accounts, but that isn’t stopping it from thinking about hawking a state-run retirement savings account.
Mar 10, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Good luck applying for a 0-percent “forgivable loan” from a bank — unless your lender happens to be Twin Cities taxpayers.
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.
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.