Minnesota in focus: With too many homeless and too few shelter beds, city funding policy debated
Watchdog News | September 18, 2017
Minneapolis Star Tribune: With too many homeless and too few shelter beds, city funding policy debated De Andre Hudson got the bad news on a recent weekday evening when he called the homeless hot line at Simpson United Methodist Church, asking if the city had an open shelter bed. No luck. Every adult shelter bed in […]
Minnesota in focus: GOP candidates feud over health insurance
Watchdog News | September 15, 2017
Minnesota Public Radio: MN GOP candidates feud over health insurance An unusually early campaign dustup is underway between two of the leading 2018 Republican candidates for governor. Their disagreement is over health insurance policy. Keith Downey, the former state GOP chair, fired the first salvo this week on social media when he accused state Rep. Matt […]
Minnesota in focus: Some business leaders protest ‘restrained’ approach to Amazon bid
Watchdog News | September 14, 2017
Minneapolis StarTribune: Some business leaders protest ‘restrained’ approach to Amazon bid Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. have emerged as complicating factors in Minnesota’s effort to attract Amazon Inc.’s second headquarters, but some Twin Cities tech leaders say the state’s economic future shouldn’t be handcuffed by the two homegrown firms. In the week since Amazon announced […]
Minnesota in focus: Climate change, housing, public safety headline Hodges’ 2018 Minneapolis budget
Watchdog News | September 13, 2017
Minneapolis StarTribune: Climate change, housing, public safety headline Hodges’ 2018 Minneapolis budget Mayor Betsy Hodges proposed a 2018 budget on Tuesday that’s focused on affordable housing and combating climate change, and includes a sprinkling of funding for public safety, the arts and voter outreach. Standing at a podium alongside the full City Council at noon, Hodges […]
Minnesota in focus: Dayton and Legislature head for mediation, with solution far from certain
Watchdog News | September 12, 2017
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Dayton and Legislature head for mediation, with solution far from certain The Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling in a case pitting Gov. Mark Dayton against the Republican-controlled Legislature threw the dispute back to the state’s politicians with a message that might be summarized this way: Not our problem. Fix it yourselves. “I think the […]
Minnesota unions prepare for potential Supreme Court right-to-work decision
Dominic Lynch | September 11, 2017
Public sector unions across Minnesota are preparing for the fallout of a potential landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that could be decided in 2018. At hand is the possibility of the court instituting right-to-work policies across the U.S. The landmark case comes from Illinois. Mark Janus is a child support specialist for the state of […]
Minnesota in focus: Minnesota is preparing its bid for Amazon’s HQ
Watchdog News | September 11, 2017
Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Minnesota’s preparing its bid for Amazon’s HQ — but you can’t know what’s in it yet Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton met with state and regional officials Friday to prepare a bid to land Amazon’s new headquarters — but an official said the contents of the bid will be kept secret for now. […]
Minnesota Supreme Court sides with governor in veto case
Dominic Lynch | September 08, 2017
The Minnesota Supreme Court has sided with Governor Mark Dayton in a highly contentious court case involving the state legislature. The Court ruled that the governor’s use of the veto power to completely strike the legislative budget was constitutional. Their decision was handed down Friday afternoon, according to the Minneapolis StarTribune. The Court’s ruling also […]
Minnesota in focus: DFL candidates for governor line up behind marijuana legalization
Watchdog News | September 08, 2017
Minneapolis StarTribune: DFL candidates for governor line up behind marijuana legalization A sleeper issue has emerged among DFL candidates in the 2018 governor’s race: Marijuana. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, state Reps. Erin Murphy, Tina Liebling and Paul Thissen, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz all support legalizing marijuana for recreational and not just medical use. Among […]
After accounting change, Minnesota pensions face funding ‘crisis’
Dominic Lynch | September 08, 2017
New reporting requirements from the federal government have changed the way Minnesota and other states calculate the funding level of their pension systems. The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) this spring released new reporting requirements after the Great Recession that requires states to make more conservative assumptions on the returns they expect from the investments […]