Senjem Update, April 7, 2020

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    April 7, 2020     Dear Friends, The covid-19 pandemic is concerning all of us in every respect. Because of the impacts of necessary preventative actions many fear for their financial futures. At difficult times like this I understand that you are looking to your state government to lead and take all actions necessary and appropriate to ensure your safety.  Please know lawmakers are absolutely committed towards combating and eradicating the dreaded covid-19 and ensuring all Minnesotans will recover from whatever hardships this unfortunate viral disease outbreak has presented. Legislators and the Governor are working together and are committed to be the kind of public servants you expect and deserve during this difficult time. Legislative Activity: Earlier today, the Senate met for a session and approved …

Senjem Update February 14, 2020

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Dear Friends, First week of the 2020 session The 2020 legislative session got underway this week. As we move forward, I believe we have significant opportunities for bipartisan success. The Senate will focus on passing bills with bipartisan support – and that includes bipartisan agreement on our $1.3 billion budget surplus. I’m looking forward to a robust discussion and a solution on how to bring down the high costs of insulin and other prescription drugs, lower taxes, fund improvements to local infrastructure, and more. I also expect the legislature to consider measures related to public education, affordable housing, public works projects, colleges and universities, and more. Last month, my colleagues and I outlined our legislative agenda for the session. That plan, known as our Vision 2020 agenda, will …

Daycare: A Tale of Big Government

Bruce Kaskubar analysis, commentary

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 …