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I was at Edina City Hall on Tuesday night to support a couple who ran a dry cleaning business, Hootens, at 49 1/2 and France for 20 years. They built their business and had a solid plan for their retirement to be supported by the rental income from their property. Now the Edina City Council voted to forcibly take their property through eminent domain for the purpose of ... a parking lot and possible city run liquor store. More than a dozen people gave testimony, including the owners, the Parks, their son, one of their potential new lease tenants and their next door business neighbor, who just sold his building to the city for a separate parking lot project. Instead of tabling the issue to sort out inconsistencies presented by Edina city staff and the Parks' lawyers in how negotiations had been handled, the council voted 3-2 to proceed with eminent domain! Thanks to Council Member Mary Brindle and Mayor Hovland for voting No! Council members Joni Bennett, Josh Sprague, and Ann Swenson voted Yes to take the property. As a citizen of Edina, this is NOT what I expect of my City Council. They should be supporting small business owners! - Angela Berger
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During a July 25 round table talk with Progressive Democrats of America in Washington D.C., Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) touted the benefits of his proposed “Inclusive Prosperity Act” before the gathering of Democratic activists. Ellison told the group that the spending proposals contained within the act could be funded with new taxes. “The bottom line is we’re not broke,” Ellison said. “There’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it.”
Ellison touted the benefits of a “transactional tax” which would impose a sales tax on financial transactions including the trading of stocks, bonds, and derivatives. Those new revenues would go to fund health care programs and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts around the globe.
“People like George Soros, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sax, Dean Baker, Robert Poland, Larry Summers have said they all support a transaction tax,” Ellison said.
“The government has a right, the government and the people of the United States have a right to run the programs of the United States,” he continued “Health, welfare, housing – all these things.”
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State Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, Keith Downey, recently submitted an editorial to the Rochester Post-Bulletin newspaper about the announcement of delays in the implementation of Obamacare. Here is an excerpt:
Obamacare's implementation seems to be following a predictable pattern that we've seen in other big-ticket government programs. Feature reductions come first, followed by extensions of deadlines. Costs go up. The other party is blamed. Then failures are magically rebranded as successes. Soon, calls for even more time are issued, then for more money. Other units of government or the private sector are blamed.
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State budget surpluses, schools paid back, more people working, consumer confidence on the rise – our first reaction is to thank everyday Minnesotans for hanging in there during the recession and working hard to dig Minnesota out.
Our recovery may be modest by historical standards, and we still suffer from misguided federal economic and monetary policies, but Minnesota is in a stronger position than most states.
It also serves as a reminder that the dire predictions from Democrats about the past two-year Republican budget were wrong
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Louisiana State Rep. discusses why he left the Democrat Party.