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Fact Check: Commissioners Had Received Pay Increases

“Governor Dayton shouldn’t lie to Minnesotans to justify massive pay increases, some totaling more than $35,000 in one year, for his political appointments. The fact is commissioners received significant pay increases in 2013 and 2014 according to documents from his own administration. Most Minnesotans haven’t received a $35,000 pay increase, and it is wrong for Read more here…

Gov. Dayton Pads Pay Of Top Political Appointees

Governor Dayton recently authorized a taxpayer financed pay increase for members of his cabinet – ranging from a 19 percent pay increase to a 58 percent pay increase.  With wages stagnant for average Minnesotans, this is hardly the time to be giving massive raises to political allies. From the WCCO report:   Top commissioners got Read more here…

Notes from Norm: Step One- Oversight

News that House Republicans in Minnesota have created a subcommittee to provide oversight of the Metropolitan Council is a great step in the right direction. According to the Star Tribune, “The new Subcommittee on Metropolitan Council Accountability and Transparency will be chaired by Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines. Last October, Runbeck called the council an Read more here…

Governor Dayton’s Budget: Government Keeps Growing And No Relief For Taxpayers

Yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton released his proposed budget for the FY2016-17 period, which would bring the all funds budget of the state to $77.2 billion over a two-year period.  This is an increase of $6.83 billion from the previous biennium – or about $1,244 for every man, woman, and child in the state of Minnesota. Read more here…

Commentary: The Indefensible

Sen. Norm Coleman Mesabi Daily News January 17, 2014   News that DFL State Sen. David Tomassoni — a DFLer from Chisholm — has taken a job that will pay him to be essentially a lobbyist while he remains an elected official — isn’t only shocking to the occupants of a chicken coop being guarded Read more here…

Sen. Norm Coleman Praises Introduction of Bi-Partisan LIFO Reform

Effort Puts Students First “I applaud the bi-partisan leadership of Senators Terri Bonoff, Branden Petersen, and Eric Pratt in introducing a bill to institute Last In, First Out reform.  Schools should be making their decisions on which teachers are best for their students, and not looking solely to seniority rankings which do nothing to inform Read more here…

Pioneer Press Commentary – Norm Coleman: Dayton Wrong About LIFO

Gov. Mark Dayton has attacked the Minnesota Action Network for its advocacy of reforming the state’s “LIFO” (Last In, First Out) policy regarding the order in which teachers are laid off when layoffs become necessary. In 2012, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill that would have ended LIFO, which requires laying off teachers based on Read more here…

Notes from Norm – A Minneapolis Tax Revolt

The catalyst for my successful campaign for Mayor in 1993 was predicated on a singular event which took place at a “Truth in Taxation” hearing in which more than 1,000 St. Paul residents turned out to object to double-digit property tax increases. The people of Minnesota’s Capitol City weren’t opposed to paying their fair share Read more here…

Notes From Norm – The Cost And Effectiveness Of Government

From FY 2004 through FY 2014 the price of state and local revenues as a percentage of Minnesotans personal income fluctuated from a low of 14.7% in FY 2009 to a high of 16.2% in 2006. For FY 2015 through FY 2017 that percentage of personal income going to government will range from 15% to Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Build On Success With A Vision

The results of the 2014 election cycle was very, very good for Republicans throughout the country. In Minnesota, not so much. In 1984 Democrats sought refuge in Minnesota as their last remaining stalwart state. In 2014 Minnesota remained the outlier in national politics by re-electing Al Franken and Mark Dayton with healthy margins on Election Read more here…