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Why Do Apple, Facebook and Twitter Oppose Internet Deregulation?

Another multi-national corporation has fallen in line with Facebook, Twitter and Google, admonishing the Federal Communications Commission to drop plans to deregulate the internet. Apple has come out in favor of so-called net neutrality, warning the Obama administration regulations represent the last bulwark against censorship by big internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. It's the talking point used by liberals and their allies to preempt discussion of an issue that in many ways boils down to this: Do you want more or less federal government regulation of the internet? Twitter apparently has it out for anyone not towing the...

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Trump Brings Back Work Requirement for Welfare

It's almost Labor Day, perfect timing to overturn one of President Obama's most counterproductive policies. Obama essentially rolled back the requirement for welfare recipients to get a job that had proved so successful in moving Americans off the federal dole. But the hallmark of the landmark welfare reform measure championed 20 years ago by President Bill Clinton and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has just been revived, according to the Heritage Foundation. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed an Obama administration policy that undermined one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the last half-century. In doing so, Trump took strong...

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Minnesota leads nation in good jobs that don’t need a four-year degree

Minnesota is one of the top states in the nation for good jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. That’s the finding of a new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The report defines a good job as one that pays $35,000 or more annually, or $45,000 or more for workers age 45 or older. A wage of $35,000 amounts to about $17 an hour, viewed by many experts as a living wage. There are 30 million such jobs nationwide, but generally, candidates need more than a high school degree to get them. Almost half—45 percent—of ‘good’ Minnesota...

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Minnesota foundations lead way in training needy citizens for in-demand jobs

Philanthropic organizations in Minnesota are devoting major efforts to training the state’s neediest citizens for in-demand jobs. A coalition of Twin Cities foundations called MSP Win is leading the way. “Training that leads to employment ‘is the best cure for many of society’s challenges’,” said Brian Lipschultz of the Otto Bremer Trust, which gave away $47 million in 2017,” according to the Star Tribune. The paper reported that MSP Win is analyzing job openings by area—health, construction, IT, for example—to better understand market demand. It’s bringing together employers, unions, and trainers to map out successful career paths. Ryan Ponthan of the North Central...

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When the Welders Came to Capitol Hill

America needs more welders, and recently a delegation of them went to Washington to tell policy-makers so. Congressman Tom Suozzi of New York wrote about their visit in the Wall Street Journal: I’m sitting in my Capitol Hill office a few weeks ago, meeting with three well-dressed, well-spoken young men who earn salaries in the high five and low six figures. You see the type a lot in Washington, but these guys are different. They’re not lobbyists. They don’t represent Wall Street or any Fortune 500 companies. They’re welders. Rep. Suozzi was impressed: America needs more of them and what they represent: good jobs...

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Rural Broadband Providers Back Trump’s Move to Scrap Net Neutrality

Net neutrality may be one of the most intangible issues in the public arena. Hard to explain, hard to understand, hard to get too worked about about. Yet it's often presented as an epic battle of good versus evil in the Star Tribune and other media outlets. A move to undo federal regulations meant to uphold an open, free internet for all users has pitted providers like Comcast against online giants like Facebook — and millions of their customers — in a debate about protecting the First Amendment in a high-tech world. But the more you read, the more the issue boils...

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