Congressional bill would allow private donations to fund abandoned mine redevelopment

By   /  June 28, 2017  /  Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

A bill filed in the U.S. House would  allow private donations help revitalize the nation’s abandoned mines so they can be used for recreational areas. U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, says there’s a hurdle keeping private foundations from renovating abandoned mines across the nation. LaHood said it’s modeled after a program in Pennsylvania, which has done this […]

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Minnesota ramps up job production, but some see its economy as underperforming

By   /  June 27, 2017  /  Minnesota, News  /  1 Comment

Recent rosy statistics paint Minnesota as outpacing its neighbors in job production over the past year and bearing down on unemployment, but others see a sputtering economy that’s beset by troubling tax policies. Minnesota in 2016 added more than 32,000 people to its workforce, according to newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor […]

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Haupt: Only we can cure D.C.’s swine flu

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

 “It is interesting back in 2011, shortly after the swine-flu epidemic broke out; Congress enacted an earmark moratorium that would supposedly put an end to pork-barrel spending.” – Jenny Reed The phrase “pork-barrel spending” derives from the antebellum period. Plantation owners would give barrels of salt pork to their slaves, who fought with each other […]

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Op-Ed: Minnesota over-reaches on new broadband standards

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Commentary, Minnesota, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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In a quest to boost the state’s broadband coverage, Minnesota has overstepped by reaching for too-high standards that may actually hurt rural broadband expansion. The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband has set ambitious goals for high-speed internet coverage in Minnesota following near-successful implementation of the previous standard. That initial goal of wireline download speeds of […]

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Study: Heroin use costs U.S. more than $51 billion a year

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Heroin use and addiction in the U.S. costs more than $51 billion every year, according to a new study released by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s school of Pharmacy. Researchers came to the figure by tallying the costs of crime and incarceration, lost productivity on the economy, and treatment of not only addiction but […]

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Haupt: Fed up with elder abuse

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“The Federal Reserve can continue to print more money, but cities and states can’t.” – Rob Liner The central bank has crushed the interest rates seniors have relied on for centuries to supplement their incomes and live lives that are meaningful and independent. After slaving in factories, fighting wars for our country and preserving democracy […]

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