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Beth-Ann Bloom

Woodbury, MN
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5 years 30 weeks

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Posted on 01/28/15 at 01:35 pm in response to How to spend a $1 billion budget surplus

Proud to live in a state where priorities favor care and education of the children who are our future!

Posted on 01/13/15 at 03:03 pm in response to Two for the roads: comparing the parties' transportation funding plans

The Republican plan is the equivalent of trying to buy a house with your income tax refund check. Fun thought-poor long-term success.

Minnesota is a big state and folks want the opportunity to travel statewide without crashing through bridges or letting potholes ruin their cars. These kind of repairs cost money. The longer they are avoided the more money they cost.

Any plans that reduce the traffic on crowded metro roads improve the experience of drivers and delay the time when...

Is it possible that the clients of this agency voted with their feet? When a range of options became available to them they chose not stick with the one they had been compelled to use but instead went to other providers because the availability, quality of care, etc was better.

Posted on 12/22/14 at 03:09 pm in response to Rochester-area legislators would like lower MNsure costs in their region

Perhaps the legislators should look into why the same care is more expensive at Mayo in comparison with the rest of the state. This maybe a good time to look behind the Mayo reputation and see if there care is as cost effective as they claim.

Posted on 11/06/14 at 02:57 pm in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

I wonder how much is in the message.....For example when the minimum wage goes up the media shows city dwellers at the Capitol, but the many rural Minnesotans who are paid minimum wage are not visible. Looks like the action benefits only the metro so it is an easy path to run against those folks in the Minneapolis which unfortunately touches on issues of race and class too

I am disappointed by the text accompanying this data. It is far more slanted than the numbers and MinnPost would usually call for.

Take for example, this paragraph from the intro:
The stakes are high — Republicans are in the minority in both legislative chambers and hold no major statewide office. Winning the House would give them a say in how policy and budgets are shaped over the next two years.
It could have been written like this:

The stakes are high —Democrats...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 07:50 am in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

Mr Schultz may want to order a new crystal ball. These were his final predictions in 2012:

Final Predictions
Presidency: Back in March I said Obama would win with 272 electoral votes. He still wins but with 290-305 electoral votes. He also will get around 50.5% of the popular vote.
US Senate: Democrats retain control with 51 seats.
US House: Republicans retain control but with a slightly narrower margin.
Minnesota Congressional Delegation: No change. Nolan and...

Posted on 10/17/14 at 11:59 am in response to Promises, promises: revisiting Mark Dayton's 2010 campaign pledges

Impressive and atypical record of accomplishment. Thank you Governor Dayton for keeping your word!

All the more reason to support Steve Simon for Secretary of State. Minnesota will be well-served by a smart-principled man well-schooled in the complexity of election law and committing to make voting available to all as it should be in our democracy.

I like my Secretaries of State smart which is why I support Steve Simon