David Strom: Power and trust
Cognitive dissonance arises when we feel distress at the realization that we hold beliefs that seem to contradict each other. When we experience it, we look for ways to either resolve the contradiction or explain it away.
Jim Abeler throws his hat into 2014 U.S. Senate race
State Rep. Jim Abeler announced on Tuesday morning he’s launched an exploratory committee for a 2014 U.S. Senate bid. The expert on health care issues who is in his eighth House term as a Republican from Anoka said he wants to “unlock the stifling stranglehold the federal government holds on Minnesota, and recapture the flexibility we need to run our own state.”
Revenue department fills in the details on changes to tax code
Most changes to Minnesota’s tax code that were enacted during the legislative session will take effect at the end of June. But there are some notable exceptions to that rule of thumb.
McHenry, Korte promoted at MN Education Department
Kevin McHenry has been tapped as a new assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Education. McHenry takes over for Rose Chu, who left the agency to take a job at Metropolitan State University.
Dayton asks federal government to help Minnesota livestock farmers
Gov. Mark Dayton has called on the federal government to address the dire shortage of feed for Minnesota livestock. The problem has been created from a series of weather events including a massive winter kill of alfalfa.
Health and human services budget headed to Dayton’s desk
The legislation, which includes a 5 percent rate increase for nursing homes next year and additional spending for mental health services in schools, passed of the chamber floor on a 39-28 vote. At the start of the debate, bill author Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, said the final budget bill was considerably better than a proposal passed earlier in the year. That’s because both chambers originally faced a $150 million targeted budget cut in health and human services, but that number was scaled back to $50 million when leadership reached final budget targets with Gov. Mark Dayton.