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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Get yer politics here!

Since the legislative session is hitting it's main stretch, there's a lot of stuff going on in the news. Go over to the Star Tribune's politics section, and what do we have?

  • Pawlenty embraces aid for homeless: good.
  • House bill would raise gas tax: good idea, but tying it to a 2006 vote on a constitutional amendment is dumb. Raise the tax now by at least seven cents a gallon, have the sales tax referendum, and ask for dedication of the MVST in 2006.
  • House health budget bill would toss workers off MnCare: very, very bad. If there's one topic that is talked about most often on the bus (besides stories of drunken revelry and fighting), it's health care woes. I just heard people talk about their lack of insurance this morning. Kicking more people off of insurance isn't going to help anybody.
  • House budget strips money for MPR, political funding income tax checkoff: also dumb ideas, although this is what you expect from a very conservative Republican (Marty Seifert). Conservative Republicans don't like MPR, and they don't like any public financing of campaigns.
That's it for today, although I have comments on the General College at the U that I want to make but haven't gotten around to yet.


At 5:04 PM, April 20, 2005, Blogger rew said...

It's amazing how much you hear about what people really need when you're on the bus.

I can only assume that's why republicans hate mass transit.


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