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Creating jobs to take top priority this year


After four long years of economic difficulty there is one thing we can all agree upon:  Minnesota needs jobs.  As we begin the new legislative session, creating jobs and getting people back to work will take top priority.

Governor Dayton and DFL legislative leaders recently laid out a plan that involves smart, targeted strategies that will bring about new hiring and get tens of thousands of Minnesotans back to work.  This new job growth plan focuses on things that have been proven to work:  providing businesses with new incentives to create jobs, improving workforce development and training, and investing in Minnesota’s infrastructure.

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The real meaning of “self-deportation”

The real meaning of “self-deportation”

 The term “self-deportation” has found its way into the GOP presidential primary race, with candidate Mitt Romney outlining a vague immigration platform which includes "self-deportation," or the idea that unauthorized immigrants will voluntarily choose to leave the U.S. if life here is made unbearable enough. While "self-deportation" may be a new idea to some, those who monitor immigration policy understand that it is code for “attrition through enforcement” - a plan pursued by extremist immigration-control organizations in Congress and state houses across the nation.  

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The real ingredients in class warfare

The real ingredients in class warfare

Mitt Romney’s tax and budget plans assault low- and moderate-income families, especially people of color

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney constantly accuses President Barack Obama of fomenting “class warfare” and stoking “envy” among the have-nots for the wealth of the “haves.” Without a doubt, class warfare is afoot in our nation, but it is Romney’s own tax and budget plans that will further divide our nation because of his assault on poor and middle-class Americans alike.

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Panelists further focus on digital media at NNPA Mid-Winter Conference

Panelists further focus on digital media at NNPA Mid-Winter Conference

The National Newspaper Publishers Association held yet another successful Mid-Winter Conference this past week in New Orleans, LA, offering several workshops on digital media for the member papers.

Francis Page, Jr., the chair of the Digital and Social Media Committee for the NNPA, spearheaded a day of panels to further educate publishers on the advantages of a strong digital and social media presence.

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U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage Forever Stamp salutes legend

U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage Forever Stamp salutes legend

 

One of the nation's highest honors today was presented to pioneering entrepreneur and publisher John H. Johnson who was commemorated on this year's Black Heritage Forever Stamp by the United States Postal Service.

Johnson, the founder of Johnson Publishing Company of Chicago, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines, is the 35th honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series. The Postal Service has recognized the achievements of prominent African Americans through the Black Heritage series since 1978. Past honorees have included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Barbara Jordan.

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Obama’s blueprint for keeping college affordable for all American

 “Of course, it’s not enough for us to increase student aid… States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets.  And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down.- President Barack Obama - State of the Union, January 24, 2012

In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. As an important part of keeping the American promise alive, the President called for a comprehensive approach to tackling rising college costs.  In today’s global economy, a college education is no longer just a privilege for some, but rather a prerequisite for all.  To reach a national goal of leading the world with the highest share of college graduates by 2020, we must make college more affordable.

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Center for the American Experiment report on Right to Work Legislation warrants skepticism, Cassutt says

Rather than focus on creating good jobs for Minnesotans, the radically conservative Center for the American Experiment attacks those who make Minnesota work according to Minnesotans for a Fair Economy Director, Donna Cassutt.

“Today's attack on good jobs in Minnesota comes from the same forces of extreme corporate greed who crashed our economy and wiped out our home values with reckless lending and starved our schools to give tax cuts to the super-rich. Now they have come to Minnesota and want us to give up the ability to form unions in our workplaces to raise wages and have a voice on the job, Cassutt said in a press release following the Center’s release of a report on “Right-to-Work” legislation.

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Black History Month: February 2012

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

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Minnesota receives an additional $29.2 million for Energy Assistance Program

Good news for seniors, disabled, and low-income families with children.

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced recently that Minnesota will receive an additional $29.2 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP). That brings the state’s total federal allocation this winter season to $116.8 million.

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DFL announces key staff additions



 

The Minnesota DFL recently announced several key staff additions, as the party gears up to reelect President Obama and Senator Klobuchar and recapture majorities in the State House and Senate this November.



DFL Chair Ken Martin said, “We are proud of the team we are putting together to help our DFL candidates succeed this fall.  With the experience and creativity of our staff, and with a solid organization supporting us, we are prepared to compete and win both locally and statewide.  Though each of these individuals brings a unique skill set, they all share our fundamental commitment to improving the quality of life for working families in Minnesota.  That is why we are all here and why I am pleased to welcome them aboard.”


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New study finds new rail line leaves many St. Paul communities vulnerable on housing, jobs, and development

New study finds new rail line leaves many St. Paul communities vulnerable on housing, jobs, and development

A new report released recently by PolicyLink, ISAIAH and TakeAction Minnesota takes a deep look at the benefits and challenges that low-income communities and communities of color face when light rail comes to their communities and ties these benefits and challenges to people’s health.

The report, “Healthy Corridor for All Health Impact Assessment:  A Community Health Impact Assessment of Transit-Oriented Development Policy in Saint Paul, Minnesota,” reveals stark obstacles such as high unemployment, large housing-cost burdens, and a speculative market faced by residents in the Central Corridor of St. Paul.

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