Minnesota gets a glimpse of hope and economic gains

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 12, 2012 - 9:37 PM

The state stood out in census survey reporting that U.S. households had lost income but gained health insurance.

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citypersonSep. 12, 12 1:24 PM

Thank you, Mr. Dayton for rebuilding the confidence within this state!

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jcinmnSep. 12, 12 2:00 PM

"The nation's poverty rate remained stagnant at around 15 percent last year, meaning 46.2 million Americans lacked the ability to pay for their own basic needs, according to the Census survey." It's kind of hard to lift someone out of poverty when the state and federal government make it legal for companies to pay poverty level wages. With the poverty level at $24,500 the poor need 2 breadwinners per family. Who takes care of the kids when mom and dad are both working full time. This is a situation that has deteriorated since 1968 when minimum wage was last above the poverty level

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thesageSep. 13, 12 1:46 AM

I think all this talk about the income gap will really inspire the wealthiest to understand they must share with the rest of those in the sandbox. The point about the increasing and unrelenting childhood poverty rate, is the most compelling statement that 'investors' will have to turn away from a future America. Investor driven economies vs. consumer/demand driven will continue to oppress and dull the future.

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toby3061Sep. 13, 12 7:49 AM

Yeah, let's raise the taxes on the few people who are still paying taxes...

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gearrunrSep. 13, 12 9:17 AM

What a great campaign piece for democrats. Maybe we can work toward a "single-payer" grocery and clothing program. What about "single-payer" housing, and oh, "single-payer" cable/internet. I just hope I'm not the single payer. That would be a lot of pressure.

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Uncle_SquidSep. 13, 12 2:16 PM

It seems like only a few years ago when economic news like this (a "gain" within the margin of error) was reported as a "sluggish recovery," or a "jobless recovery," or other such terms that made it clear that the situation was unsatisfactory, and that our leadership was lacking in vision. I'm wondering if anyone can help me understand why economic news today is reported with such a positive spin, when it is objectively worse than economic news from the last recovery. What has changed?

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Uncle_SquidSep. 13, 12 2:23 PM

I think it's cute that guys like Lawrence Jacobs can look at our shriveling middle class and think it's counterbalanced by a bunch of 20-somethings staying on their parents' insurance. Here's a hint, Larry -- young men barely need insurance in the first place. The worst they do is spraining an ankle when they trip on a curb after a night out. But hey -- you just keep reaching for that silver lining!

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juels98Sep. 13, 12 3:23 PM

Perhaps it's a sign of the times that it's no longer ok to drop out of school or only have a HS degree. If you want to leave a decent life, go to college. I borrowed my way though. I've studied with people who went to school by day and worked by eve. It's possible and the end result is worth it.

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comsenSep. 13, 12 8:06 PM

I read the article and it was typical Star Tribune - very positive since we have a Democratic Governor. But I found nothing in the article to be positive about.

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comsenSep. 13, 12 8:09 PM

Here is a good idea for the left. Lets give everyone a million dollars (not the kids, just the adults). Look how that would help the economy! Wow! It would only cost $150 trillion. What does it matter if we print some more money. With 1.3 trillion deficits every year we will get there soon anyway.

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