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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.

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.

Wed
18
Feb

Meeting with constituents at listening sessions

State Sen. Barb Goodwin
District 41
I recently co-hosted listening sessions in Fridley and New Brighton to hear what constituents have to say about what's most important to them and to learn what you want to see from this year's legislative session. Both were well attended, and many important issues were discussed.

Wed
18
Feb

It’s in your court: The prosecutor’s decision to charge or dismiss

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court
You may have heard about a case where a number of people were charged with misdemeanor trespassing. You may also have heard that they appeared at a meeting of the city council requesting that the mayor and council dismiss the criminal citations. Is this the normal process? It is not.

Wed
18
Feb

Gift cards -- read the small print

Lori Swanson Minnesota  Attorney General
Lori Swanson Minnesota Attorney General

“Kay” was looking for a birthday present for a friend and decided to purchase a gift certificate for a local salon. When Kay bought the certificate, she asked if it had an expiration date or any fees.

Mon
16
Feb

Why I’m Working to Secure Funding for Mobile Food Shelves

Senator Fong Hawj

Last week, Minnesotans came together with legislators and organizations to lobby against hunger. We know that a lack of food is a substantial problem communities like East St. Paul know all too well, which is why I’ve authored legislation that would establish a mobile food shelf grant program.

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