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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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Minnesota needs fewer rules and fees to solve its affordable housing problem, not more government spending

The 'affordable housing crisis' in Minnesota is a creation of state and local government. The solution is not to have them intervene more, as Governor Dayton proposes to do with his proposal to spend $100 million on affordable housing statewide, but to have them get out of the way. It is the regulations and fees imposed by these people that have created the problem. Stop imposing them. Get rid of the impositions that there are. Pursue a solution that actually deals with the causes of the problem. ...

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Minnesota ranks 11th nationally for increases in occupational licensing requirements

Occupational licensing requirements are presented as 'consumer protection' but really only protect producers, making us all worse off. Minnesota has, traditionally, had an accommodating environment but between 2012 and 2017, the rate of growth of the breadth and burden of Minnesota's occupational licensing requirements was the 11th highest in the country and nearly double the national rate of 4%. ...

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Duluth Ordinance Could Give Part-Timers More Paid Time Off Than Full-Time Workers

This is what happens when elected officials get into the business of micromanaging how companies compensate their employees through mandated paid leave time. The Duluth City Council's amateurish attempt to play Human Resources manager for the port city's businesses led to an embarrassing outcome at the latest meeting of the Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force, according to the Duluth News Tribune. At a Thursday evening agenda session meeting, another complication came to light. Council President Elissa Hansen and 2nd District Councilor Joel Sipress flagged a concern with the accrual system laid out in the proposed ordinance. "We've identified what appears to us to...

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