Minnesota bonding bonanza keeps legislators on the go

By   /  November 27, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Minnesota, State Government  /  No Comments

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Water, sewers, roads, parks and other infrastructure projects dominate the spending requests. But Watchdog Minnesota Bureau also found tens of millions of dollars sought for amphitheaters, arts centers, a boat dock, ski lift, community centers and bike trails, among other pet projects.

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New rules for overtime could cost home-care workers

By   /  November 24, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Labor, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments


Minnesota provider agencies are reducing hours and overtime for home-care workers, leaving care recipients like Amelia Bray wondering in limbo.

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University silent on 9/11 exhibit after students snub moment of silence

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Education, Minnesota, Transparency  /  No Comments

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“We are deeply disturbed by this development,” said John Hodge, Tunnel to Towers Foundation chief of operations in a November 16 letter to UOM President Eric Kaler. “The rejection of that resolution engenders a real question: Is the legacy of 9/11 retribution, hatred, and fear? Because the people who were actually there live a different legacy.”

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Would fewer tests worsen Minnesota’s dismal achievement gap?

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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“I don’t necessarily think there’s over-testing going on,” said Helen Fisk, Global Academy director. “I think reading and math are pretty basic in wanting to know how your kid’s doing. It’s not unreasonable to give a standardized test in those areas as often as we do. I don’t have a problem with that.”

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Obama can’t beat Islamic State, but he can whip U.S. states

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Immigration, Minnesota, National, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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States opposing the Obama administration plan to settle 100,000 Syrian refugees in America may be fighting a losing battle in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

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Legislators put rogue education agency on the spot at hearing

By   /  November 13, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, Minnesota, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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”It is absolutely deplorable that nobody can tell my clients, after 10 years of applying for licensure, what are the requirements for licensure,” said Rhyddid Watkins, an attorney representing 20 out-of-state teachers. “What do I need to do to get licensed in Minnesota? Apparently, there’s not a single person able to tell them that.”

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