Minnesota Legislature: Well, there's always 2014

  • Article by: TIM PENNY and TOM HORNER
  • Updated: May 18, 2013 - 4:36 PM

How the Legislature can serve all Minnesotans, not just special interests.

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jdlellis1May. 18, 13 4:52 PM

Contemplate the following then ask, "Why?". The general media defines special interests along the line of big business, the rich, gun advocates. Absent from that characterization would be the teachers union, NOW, PETA, Sierra Club, Unions,

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pumiceMay. 18, 13 6:22 PM

What an ambitious agenda of progressive ideas from Tim Penny and Tom Horner! (1) A Senior Corps of mentors would help those on both ends of the age spectrum. It would help youngsters mature and learn to contribute, and it would help seniors stay vital by contributing in a useful way. (2) Attracting and retaining the best teachers and better integration of technology into instruction would be major reforms. (3) Policies aimed at preparing pre-schoolers so they can take full advantage of opportunities have been shown to be effective. (4) Retraining unemployed and underemployed workers in this rapidly changing work environment is essential. (5) Post-secondary options for one- and two-year certification/licensing is a brilliant example of creative thinking! For too long we've defined "post-secondary" as "four- or five-year degree program." (6) We've also defined small town and rural areas out of "education gap".

Which of these innovative, prosperity-promoting suggestions, Tim and Tom, can be put into action on the cheap? Which can be put into action without input and effort from much-maligned special interest constituencies?

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pumiceMay. 18, 13 6:47 PM

From the Penny-Horner commentary: "Republicans can hope that voters will overlook the failure of GOP legislators to offer constructive alternatives to the DFL agenda." Hoping that voters overlook the fact that GOP legislators failed to offer constructive alternatives is not a constructive alternative. Relying on citizens to forget what Republicans did when they were in charge is absurd. (Not as absurd as crediting Republican policies for two years of improvements in Minnesota's economy, but that's the thesis of another commentary on this page.)

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badcopperMay. 18, 13 8:03 PM

Pumice -- how much more than that absolute minimum you are required to pay do you pay to the state? Nothing. Ok. Yet you post time and time again that you support the state taking more money from us. I'd like a honest answer. If you think these varied causes are so critical why dont you do the right thing and donate amounts above and beyond your tax burden?

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mgmckeMay. 18, 1311:08 PM

Is anyone else tired of Horner and Penny back seat driving?

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potter101May. 18, 1311:26 PM

jdlellis1May. 18, 13 4:52 PM Contemplate the following then ask, "Why?". The general media defines special interests along the line of big business, the rich, gun advocates. Absent from that characterization would be the teachers union, NOW, PETA, Sierra Club, Unions,**************************read the article, the left supports their special interests and the right support their special inyerest. I totally support what my party give's it's attentions to, thats why I belong to the party. I'm Apposed to what the right gives it's attention to because the 1% are to small a demographic and they need nothing while the 99% need lots

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stribblogMay. 19, 13 6:47 PM

I appreciate the conversation! The only thing that Horner and Penny are "driving" is thought and engagement by the public. That should be commended. pumice: I agree with your additions, except I want to add that the current "Senior Corp" that is supported federally and run statewide is a total mess. They are given a great deal of money, and do very little with it. They haven't changed their ways of doing things in 30 years. What we need is a total revamp of getting the senior population motivated to work with students.

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