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Mar 19, 2012
In fall 2009, President Obama took the unusual step of delivering a back-to-school message to the nation's students. He described his listeners' potential to become a doctor, a teacher, a police officer, a nurse, an architect, a lawyer or a member of the military. His punch line was: "You're going to need a good education for every single one of those careers."
Mar 14, 2012
Mr. Chair, thank you for allowing me to testify today in connection with both Senate File 709 and Senate File 248. I am in favor of the repeal of the Radiation Therapy Facility Construction Moratorium.
Mar 12, 2012
Beyond the importance of extending freedom to the workplace, we believe that a RTW law will make Minnesota a more attractive place to start and expand a business, which, in turn, will spur future economic development and growth in the state.
Mar 12, 2012
Outline of Testimony: Brief History of right to work and the employee freedom movement Changes in working conditions from 1930’s to present Employee Freedom as a constitutional amendment rather than a statute
Mar 11, 2012
The issue of Minnesota's racial learning gap—one of the worst in the nation—is heating up at the State Capitol. It's about time. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has called the gap "a catastrophe coming right down the pike at us."
Mar 2, 2012
Allowing larger hydropower to qualify as an eligible energy source under the renewable energy standard would protect ratepayers and protect jobs without compromising Minnesota’s commitment to low-carbon electricity
Feb 27, 2012
The Obama administration recently botched it with many American Catholics (and others) by bungling whether Catholic hospitals, universities and other institutions should be legally obliged to provide reproductive services and products the church opposes on doctrinal grounds.
Feb 18, 2012
When I was 18, broke and on my own, I got a job as a nurse's aide. It was 1979; the "misery index" was high and jobs for young people were scarce. The very stern head of nursing informed me that her nurses were unionized. I was crushed to learn that union dues would be deducted from my pay along with taxes. I told her I didn't want to join; I needed every penny I earned. She told me that if I wanted the job, I had to join.
Feb 12, 2012
Minnesota's yawning racial and ethnic academic achievement gap is among the nation's worst. In nationwide tests of fourth-grade reading, for example, our state's black and Hispanic students lag three years behind their white peers. In recent years, only Washington, D.C., has consistently had a wider gap of this kind.
Jan 30, 2012
The wreck of the Costa Concordia hit a collective nerve as the giant cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan coast on Jan. 13. Minnesotans may have responded with a special shudder. The disaster called to mind another horrific incident involving the demise of an engineering marvel—the collapse of our own Interstate 35W bridge in August 2007.