The Downtrodden State Employee?

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from the Minnesota Watchdog, October 13, 2017… Quote of the Week: “We’re tired of being pawns in a political game where Republicans think they can score points by beating up on hardworking people. They reject our contracts while they approve massive tax breaks for corporations and their wealthy cronies. Shame on them.” – AFSCME Council 5 president Elliot Seide There was a shriek and a howl emanating from the Capitol this week as some unionized state employees learned that the legislature’s Subcommittee in Employee Relations (SER) had refused to rubber stamp their collective bargaining agreement. The SER, on a party line 6-4 vote, rejected interim approval of the latest two-year agreement between the state and two bargaining units representing 29,000 state employees. The SER is comprised of select …

Dayton’s Management

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from the Minnesota Watchdog, June 16th, 2017 With Governor Dayton in the twilight of his administration, the tired, vapid retrospectives have already begun. The Legacy media, when not busy savaging the character of President Trump, has busied itself propagating the narrative that Mark Dayton was some sort of financial genius regarding his stewardship of the state’s finances. This narrative may be more laughable than the Dayton-is-a-detail-oriented-executive narrative. Guess what?  Any grade schooler can balance revenues with kid-in-the-candy-store spending desires when it’s possible to forcefully expropriate money from the private economy. So Mark Dayton, with the willingness of big spending DFLers in the legislature, jacked up taxes high enough to cover big spending. That’s not a difficult task. Moreover, there are just a couple of extra holes in that …

2016 Big Election Money

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Between the National Institute for Labor Relations Research and Open Secrets, here’s some big money insights regarding the 2016 election cycle. Labor unions spent about $1.6 billion-with-a-B on political activities… according to their own reports to the federal government. The top 35 union spending units came from 22 unions who spent $800 million of it. The SEIU and two teachers’ unions are at the top of the list having combined for $380 million. Similarly, looking at the top 22 individual donors and their recipients, they spent a combined $537 million: $298 million to groups and candidates on the left, $238 million on the right. Who do we hear most about, as people tilting the scales of the electoral process? The Koch brothers. Charles was well out of the …