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With the U.S. House poised to vote tonight on repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as the Republicans call it, the Republican-held House will seek to undo significant health care reform Under a mantra that the health care reform measure is a "job killer," Republicans are wrongly characterizing a bill that will provide thousands of jobs. But one of the worst characterizations is what repeal of the bill would do to people who otherwise would not have insurance.
The fact that the state of Minnesota faces a $6.2 billion state budget deficit in the next biennium was usually the first question asked during the campaign last fall. Now that the Republicans have taken over the House and Senate, the discussion is missing. While waiting for Gov.
The DFL-led Legislature and Gov. Tim Pawlenty could not agree on a biennium state budget in 2005, leading to a state government shutdown that July 1, bringing state government to its knees. Only essential activities, as approved by an appointed Minnesota Supreme Court justice, could be carried through. Otherwise, all state employees were sent home and funding from all state programs suspended. It lasted only eight days before lawmakers and Gov.
We'd like to believe that Gov, Mark Dayton's appointment Wednesday of retired Minnesota National Guard Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito as the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs brings the Bemidji area one step closer to securing a veterans nursing home. A local group of people, led by Beltrami County Board Chairman Joe Vene, have been hard at work for nearly two years in trying to gain a veterans nursing home for our area.
The nation was rocked Saturday morning by the senseless tragedy that nearly saw a member of the U.S. House assassinated and did see the death of six people and more than a dozen people injured. It leaves us wondering why a young man could be filled with so much anger toward the "establishment" that he would fire a Glock pistol at U.S. Rep.
New Gov. Mark Dayton wasted no time on Friday in asking the legislative auditor to review the state Department of Revenue's internal controls after the U.S. attorney filed charges against a former department employee, accusing her of embezzling nearly $2 million in state taxpayer dollars. The woman was charged in federal court with money laundering and mail fraud for allegedly stealing $1.9 million from the state Revenue Department by creating more than 200 false tax refund checks and sending them to two relatives.
Now that the Republicans have taken over leadership of the U.S. House, one would expect them to put forth a positive agenda for change. Instead, they offer nothing but to undo what the Democrats have done, even against their own ground rules. It is a strange government we have, when one party legislates what it believes is best for the country, and then the other party negates what the first party did. And once the public realizes the folly of its mistake, it will elect the first party again to reinstall what the second party undid. And so the cycle goes. The Democratic-led U.S.
New Bemidji Mayor Dave Larson wasted no time Monday in setting the stage for meaningful dialog over an issue that threatens to put a chasm between the Bemidji City Council and Beltrami County Board -- bar closing times. The City Council at its last meeting of the year voted 4-3 to allow bars in the city to remain open selling alcoholic beverages until 2 a.m. Many reasons are offered, but it appears to us that the action comes at the request of a potential south shore bar/restaurant operator who won't built, i.e.
In fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov.-elect Mark Dayton said Thursday that he will sign an executive order expanding the state's Medicaid program on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after he's sworn in as Minnesota's next governor. The DFL-led Legislature in its 2010 session authorized the governor to sign the agreement which would send $1.4 billion in federal aid to Minnesota by expanding its Medicaid program to include some of the state's poorest adults.
Another sign of economic recovery is that of the recent Christmas season's affect on retailers. While firm figures won't be in for awhile, it seems that consumers shopped more than they did the past three years, before the Great Recession. East Coast retailers were put off by last weekend's snow storm, but they have been active ever since with post-Christmas returns and sales, and hope that continues through this weekend.