Viewpoints

Wed
04
Mar

Capitol support for senior citizens and military families

There’s some good news for veterans’ families and senior citizens from the State Capitol.
A bill I’m chief authoring, the Retire in Minnesota Act, was approved in the Minnesota House Aging and Long Term Care Policy Committee on Feb. 18. The bill would phase out the Minnesota tax on Social Security income by ten percent per-year for ten years. This would provide $400 million per-year in tax relief to residents who could truly use it.

Wed
04
Mar

Chasing the spring

The temperature hovered one-degree-above zero, though the wind made it feel much colder. As we ran, my dog Molly kept pausing and looking back as if there were someone else behind us. Who, I don’t know, as we did not see one single person outside of their homes or cars in our entire six-mile loop. I suppose she figured that the only reasonable explanation for why we would be outside running on such a miserable day would be if someone or something were chasing us. Then again, perhaps she was right, and the Abominable Snowman or possibly Old Man Winter himself was following us the whole way.

Wed
04
Mar

Failure to launch­—into retirement

These are a few of the questions Social Security experts Rhonda Whitenack and Jim Czechowicz answered recently about children’s Social Security numbers and benefits:

Mon
02
Mar

Baby, hang onto that Social Security card!

These are a few of the questions Social Security experts Rhonda Whitenack and Jim Czechowicz answered recently about children’s Social Security numbers and benefits:

Mon
02
Mar

Five tax deductions you should not overlook

Money Management
MNCPA
Did you run up expenses searching for a new job in 2014? Or did you use your car while helping out at a soup kitchen? Are you a self-employed person who paid Medicare premiums out of your own pocket? If so, you may be eligible for one of the many tax deductions that people often fail to take.

Thu
26
Feb

Time to end worker poverty

Working people should not be trapped in poverty.

This was part of the social contract America made with its people eighty years ago in the New Deal: Workers will receive a minimum wage. It may not be enough to make you rich, but you will have enough to afford necessities for your family—food, housing, clothing, medical care.

Wed
25
Feb

Caring for Minnesota’s aging population

"The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
– Hubert H. Humphrey

Between now and 2045, the number of Minnesota adults aged 65 or older is expected to skyrocket. By 2030, more than 1 in 5 Minnesotans will be considered older adults, according to data from Minnesota Compass and the Wilder Foundation. This means caring for those in the twilight of life will get exponentially more expensive for the state in the years to come.

Mon
23
Feb

DNR Q & A: What causes ruffed grouse numbers to rise and fall?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:
Q. What causes ruffed grouse numbers to rise and fall?

 

Wed
18
Feb

Neighbors, thank you for attending listening session

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who attended our District 41 Listening Sessions. Seeing democracy in action in the community in which I grew up is inspiring to me. It was helpful to hear the wide array of ideas, concerns, and questions from New Brighton, Spring Lake Park and Fridley residents.

Wed
18
Feb

Thriving in the face of the Winter-maker

Saturday, Feb. 7, was one of those warm winter days that make northerners dream of spring. The sun was shining, the air was balmy, and the only thing lacking was just a little more snow to make play time more fun. I spent more than an hour lounging in my backyard with kid and dog, before heading out in the afternoon for a leisurely run on the Brown’s Creek Trail. Come evening, we headed to Lake Phalen, where I helped to cue puppets for a special story-telling at the inaugural Phalen Freeze Fest.

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