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Tapani Sisters of Wyoming Machine show the way on closing the skills gap

Up in Stacy, Minnesota, the Tapani sisters—Lori and Traci—are blazing a trail in workforce development. The two are the co-owners and co-presidents of Wyoming Machine. This spring, the Tapanis won the National Association of Workforce Boards’ (NAWB) prestigious business leadership award in Washington, D.C., for their work in developing the workforce and economy of Washington County and other Minnesota communities. They were in remarkable company. The other company so honored was national behemoth Lockheed Martin. The award honored the Tapanis for their “ardent commitment” to training and enhancing workforce skills in manufacturing. According to the Star Tribune, In nominating the sisters, Washington County workforce...

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Are Polls Accurate or Misleading? Dayton’s Approval Rating is 62 Percent

Poll results are back in the headlines. According to a recent Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, Governor Dayton’s approval rating is at 62 percent — the “highest job approval rating of his tenure.” But as we learned from November 2016, poll numbers are not always accurate or indicative. Dayton is not seeking re-election in 2018, but the Star Tribune feels the governor’s poll results will give “DFLers at least one reason to be hopeful about hanging onto the seat.” But will the poll results of 800 Minnesotans translate into real results come next November? Or will the misleading nature of polls...

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Will Governor Dayton Veto Money for Roads?

The House and Senate have both passed transportation bills that follow the general outline recommended in the Center’s Minnesota Policy Blueprint for Transportation: road, roads, and more roads funded with existing revenue and not one dime for light rail. Why can’t the Governor sign a “roads” bill as an Easter gift, and then get on to other pressing matters, like tax relief and education? ...

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Greater Minnesota Is Rejecting Liberalism

Today's Star Tribune carries two articles that echo what we have been saying for a long time: liberal policies have little appeal for small-town and rural voters. The first article is headlined, After two terms of Dayton, DFL losing grip on voters outside Twin Cities. From Dayton’s drive for environmental policies disliked by some farmers and mining advocates, to his stewardship of a state health insurance system that has struggled to function in many rural counties, to his blunt remarks on polarizing issues like racial bias in policing, immigration and transgender rights, the governor’s liberal bearing on a range of...

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