Home-care workers find getting out harder than getting in union

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Renee Katz has one question for the Service Employees International Union: What about “no” don’t you understand?

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Coming due: Minnesota home-care worker union stumbles early

By   /  July 9, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Mary Ann Howitson got quite the surprise when, as a new member of the Service Employees International Union, she’ll have to shell out an extra $550 a year.

Howitson is a Twin Cities personal care assistant. Her name, unbeknownst to Howitson, showed up on the list of workers set to have union dues deducted from their paychecks in July.

Howitson’s sticker shock at losing the equivalent of about 1 1/2 paychecks to a union she eventually voted against typifies the rocky rollout of the initial two-year SEIU contract.

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Regulators start court-ordered refund process for Mississippi Power

By   /  July 8, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi PSC ordered Mississippi Power to end a rate increase to help fund the Kemper Project and submit a refund plan to them in 14 days.

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Legislators pressure Minnesota board to license out-of-state teachers

By   /  July 7, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, Legislature, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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It’s been 10 years since Kirstin Rogers moved to Minnesota in hopes of continuing her 12-year teaching career, but state regulations forced her out of the classroom.

Now, new legislation requires the Minnesota Board of Teaching to overhaul the arbitrary licensing process that too often keeps qualified, out-of-state educators like Rogers out of the schoolroom.

“I asked them, explain to me how I could have this many credits and not be qualified to teach? And their response was, ‘It doesn’t work like that in Minnesota.’ I was angry,” said Rogers, who earned a master’s degree and held endorsements from Utah to teach history, English, geography and reading.

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The big bang theory? PA senators want to legalize fireworks for state residents

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Legislature, Media, News, Ohio, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Video, West Virginia  /  No Comments

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Three Pennsylvania senators say they will introduce new legislation ironing out the lack of logic in current fireworks law.

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Green energy projects in Mississippi fail to meet job-creation goals

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, Technology  /  No Comments

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Two green energy projects in Mississippi have failed to generate the jobs that were expected when they were announced.

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