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ACTION ALERT! Tell Your Legislator Clean Energy First Will Increase Electricity Prices and Could Kill 10,000 Jobs ASAP

Nearly 670,000 Minnesotans have lost their jobs since March 16, 2020 due to the Coronavirus shutdown, and on Friday, May 15 at 8:30 AM, the Minnesota State Senate Finance Committee will be considering passing the Clean Energy First bill, which could destroy thousands more jobs by paving the way for more expensive and unreliable forms of energy like wind and solar. Center of the American Experiment’s analysis has found this legislation would cost nearly $46 billion through 2050, cause electricity prices to increase by 35 percent in areas served by Xcel Energy, and that these higher electricity prices could destroy more than...

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How is the state government deciding which businesses will reopen and which won’t?

There seems to be little rhyme or reason to the Governor's knob twiddling and, as a result, small business in Minnesota have little idea where they stand. The shutdown has been criticized for being 'one size fits all'. Quite the contrary: it isn't clear there is a particular size at all. ...

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Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Closure Reliant Upon $105 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies Per Year

Last week, Great River Energy (GRE), a large umbrella company for many of Minnesota's electric co-ops, announced they would be prematurely closing the Coal Creek power plant at the end of 2022 and replacing it with a mixture of wind power purchase contracts from 1,100 megawatts (MW) of newly-constructed wind projects, and buying electricity from other companies when the wind isn't blowing. GRE has said its will be a boon for its customers. However, this plan relies heavily on $105 million in annual federal tax subsidies, which simply shift the costs from Great River Energy's customers, to tax payers. In the...

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While Minnesota Sends Police to Shut Down A Barbershop, Texas Gives Guidelines For Today’s Reopening

By now many people have heard the story of King Milan's Barbershop, the St. Paul barbershop that now faces up to $25,000 in fines after the police were dispatched to close down the business on Monday after the owner, Milan Dennie, opened up the shop during Governor Walz's recently-extended Stay-At-Home order. Meanwhile, in Texas, the state has provided health and safety guidelines to allow barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, and tanning salons to begin reopening today. Reopening Guidelines for Barbershops, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, and Tanning Salons According to the Texas Tribune, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tanning salons can reopen today, with some...

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