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Public Pools to Robotic Mowers: The Minnesota Bonding Bill

Minnesota's current bonding bill allocates $825 million, derived from the issuance of state bonds. Eventually, these bonds must be payed back with interest, making this funding scheme expensive for the taxpayer in the long run. However even knowing this, St. Paul approved some strange spending. ...

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MN High Court Rules for Citizens Fighting Bloomington on Garbage

A citizen watchdog group just handed the city of Bloomington an embarrassing loss at the Minnesota Supreme Court. The case started over the rights of residents of the Twin Cities suburb to choose their own garbage hauler. But more broadly the unanimous 6-0 ruling upholds the standing of citizens in home rule charter cities to bring petitions and place legislation on the ballot apart from and in opposition to the city council. I wrote about their Hands Off Our Cans campaign several times over the course of their three year effort to hold elected officials in Bloomington accountable to the city charter.  They’ve...

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Why Enbridge 3 Pipeline Matters to Minnesota

Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) recently took the rare step of speaking on the floor to give an impassioned speech on the vital importance of the Enbridge 3 replacement pipeline project. The $3 billion project would deliver enormous economic and environmental benefits to the state, particularly in northern counties in need of high-paying jobs and taxes generated by the pipeline. But after three years, Enbridge 3 still remains tied up in regulatory red tape under the Dayton administration. Daudt makes a strong case for moving forward with a construction project that's a win-win for Minnesota's environment and economy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbsZfLQ9Y_U&feature=youtu.be Unfortunately, Gov....

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Welfare Fraud Supporting Extravagant Lifestyles and Terror Abroad: MN Senate Calls for Investigation  

This investigation, focused primarily on welfare payments for child care, is just getting started. A former DHS investigator says the PCA Medicaid program fraud is much worse. The allegation is that as much as $100 million in welfare cash has left via MSP. Unlimited amounts of cash can be taken out of the U.S. as long as a form is submitted to customs. ...

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Business Complaints Lead City to Reconsider Tax Disguised as Fee

The administrative state operates largely under the radar. Yet every once in a while the public gets a peek at the way things really work, how regulations written by anonymous agencies lead to higher costs for businesses in the form of taxes disguised as fees that ultimately get passed on to consumers. The latest example involves the cost of compliance with an obscure new environmental rule in a case covered by the Duluth News Tribune. The city of Hermantown is continuing to discuss its proposed stormwater utility fee after experiencing pushback from the city's business community, which argues the fee disproportionately affects them. The...

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Legislators Blink Over Backlash to Costly Eyelash Extension Regs

Legislators didn't bat an eye two years ago, passing licensing regulations for eyelash extension technicians. Despite warnings licensing would ultimately drive up costs and drive out businesses, most lawmakers voted for it anyway. But the Republican legislator overseeing a slew of occupational licensing regulations that session charged ahead anyway, citing public safety issues in the hearings covered by Session Daily. Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Licensing, recognizes the broader criticism and prefers free-market solutions. But he said this session’s bills deal with health care components, which puts them into a different category due to the risk...

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Special screening of the movie Little Pink House: Friday night April 27 at the Lagoon Cinema

Special Screening of Little Pink House on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM CDT at the Lagoon Cinema 1320 Lagoon Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55408. After the film there will be a Q& A session with IJ attorneys Lee McGrath and Anthony Sanders, who have been instrumental in IJ’s fight against eminent domain abuse—in Minnesota and elsewhere. The film will be at the Lagoon for at least a week....

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