Daycare: A Tale of Big Government

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In Olmsted County’s 2019 residential survey, belief that our county has affordable child care has declined from 51 to 26 (on a scale of 100) since 2013. Is the belief real? Yes. The number of family providers has declined. The number of corporate providers has increased. For infants, corporate providers cost about $300 per week while family providers cost about $170 per week. The tilt toward corporate centers increases the average cost. $170 per week isn’t chump change. $300? Wow. What’s going on? Pretty much, government. The Dayton administration pushed to unionize child care providers by using a shameful ruse. That, and the tactics used by the union, disgusted many family operators (and observers!). Minnesota’s pre-K policies leave daycare providers more dependent on just infants and toddlers as …

Education Minnesota Might have to Disclose Their Finances

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from the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, 27 Aug 19: In 1959, Congress passed a law (the Landrum-Griffin Act) that requires that labor unions annually disclosure and itemize “virtually every transaction they make.” Public sector unions like Education Minnesota have escaped filing these important transparency reports by claiming that they are not an “intermediate body” of the national union (NEA) and thus not required to file the appropriate reports.  This change would occur under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that states, “all NEA state affiliates would have to file a disclosure report” subject to the Landrum-Griffin Act. A similar rule was proposed by President George W. Bush in 2003 but the National Education Association (NEA) tied it up in court until President Obama took …

Senjem Legislative Update, April 26, 2019

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The legislature returned from the Easter/Passover break this week. Things will move quickly over the next several weeks until the adjournment date of May 20. I’ll continue to keep you updated! Below is briefly what the Minnesota Senate has voted on and passed:  Snow Day Relief Act, giving local school districts the flexibility to meet the required number of instructional days given this year’s unusually-fierce winter weather Disaster relief, expanding the disaster recovery loan program for farmers to help cover the costs of cleanup and repairs after a natural disaster ‘Hands-free’ cell phone use, prohibiting drivers from placing phone calls outside of hands-free mode. Toxic waste cleanup, providing funds to clean up a state-run toxic waste dump Highway 14 funding fix, making sure the construction on the Highway …

Senjem Legislative Update, February 1, 2019

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Dear Friends, Hello from the Minnesota State Capitol! We’re nearly finished with the first month of the legislative session. Committee work is ramping up and legislation is beginning to move in earnest as we continue the work of assembling the state budget for the next two years. We’re also in the midst of introducing our proposals for some of the big issues facing Minnesotans. Here’s a primer on where things stand: Remembering Duane Benson Last week on the Senate floor, I spoke to remember former state Senator Duane Benson of Lanesboro, who passed away last week. As I said during my remarks, Duane Benson was a mentor and an icon in the Minnesota Senate. He will be missed. Grants for rural childcare providers As I have written in …