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Dayton wants $138 million in “emergency” funding to cover school district budget deficits

Governor Dayton called on Minnesota legislators Tuesday to disperse $138 million in “emergency” school funding across every district in the state. Dayton says it’s a one-time funding response to 59 school districts facing budget deficits and possible teacher layoffs. But budget gaps are nothing new in Minnesota schools, despite lawmakers continually increasing K-12 funding. Would Gov. Dayton’s emergency funding stop the deficit bleed? Or does it just slap a band-aid on a much deeper problem?  ...

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My productive visit to St. Cloud to talk about the refugee resettlement program

Our treatment by Congress and presidents back to George H. W. Bush has been downright shabby. The refugee resettlement program is a federal program; it was supposed to be paid for by federal tax dollars. Instead, the bulk of the funds and hard work come from state and local funds, with the burden on communities like St. Cloud. It sets people up for conflict with refugees rather than success. We must insist that Congress do its job and revisit this program....

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Gov. Dayton’s relentless pursuit of our small children, and union revenues: Will the GOP hold the line?

If Dayton succeeds, he shifts the culture even closer to the socialist ideal of shaping little hearts and minds with the state’s approved education, re-orients our family schedules and budgets to dependency on the state for child care, and the big bonus? It produces thousands of new public employees who will, at least under current law, be forced to pay union dues to get and keep the job. ...

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Should MN amend the constitution (again) to get dedicated funds for roads?

Lawmakers are frustrated. They cannot get enough funding for roads. Why? MnDOT has been captured by the “multi-model” approach to mobility championed by the Metropolitan Council, our mega regional planning and transit planner, owner, operator and funder (it levies taxes). They are Met Council Multi-Model Moonies at MnDOT. ...

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Dayton’s MnDOT testifies that it cannot prioritize mobility or reduce congestion in Metro area

I testified in the House Transportation Policy committee in favor of an idea that is long overdue: requiring MnDOT to revise the 20-year plan to prioritize mobility and relieve congestion. After my testimony on our growing congestion, a representative from MnDOT testified that the agency could not do that. Time for a change in leadership? ...

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Governor Dayton wants to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. But wait, wouldn’t he have to fix MNLARS first?

Yesterday, Governor Dayton said he is not giving up on getting drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, and that he wants another $43 million for the failed MNLARS system that issues licenses and car registrations. Interesting combo to kick off the legislative session. ...

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Refugee Admissions Are Down: Trump the Executive in Action

Our reigning elite, including so-called feminists, have shouted down the concerns of Americans who dare to wonder out loud how to deal with incoming cultures that openly reject religious tolerance, profess an allegiance to Sharia law, practice polygamy and mutilate their daughters. These are not the loser racists who show up in ridiculous man-boy outfits to rant and rave at alt-right gatherings. These are good, decent Americans who wonder, “What about my culture? Does that get any respect?” ...

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President Trump Updates Executive Order on Refugees: Could Help MN Track Costs

The Center has been trying for several years to answer a simple question: how much does the refugee resettlement program costing taxpayers. Why? Minnesota is the number one destination for refugees in the United States on a per capita basis. We get a large number of refugees placed here by the federal government—and we get a big surge from what is called “secondary migration.” ...

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MN Lawmakers Flex Political Muscle and Reject Union Contracts

[caption id="attachment_8017" align="alignright" width="231"] Subcommittee on Employee Relations (LCC)[/caption] You heard it here first. State public employee unions and the Dayton Administration can no longer count on state legislators to be a rubber stamp for negotiated labor agreements, as American Experiment noted several weeks ago. At the time, DFL lawmakers were troubled when some colleagues raised uncomfortable questions about a SEIU Healthcare Minnesota contract stemming from a controversial 2014 union election for home care workers. Now the majority on the Legislative Coordinating Commission’s Subcommittee on Employee Relations has sent another blunt message to the state's two biggest public employee union collective bargaining units....

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