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craig furguson

Minneapolis, MN
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4 years 9 weeks

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Posted on 01/03/14 at 11:29 pm in response to Dayton blames tech vendor IBM Curam for many of MNsure's problems

Per a November 7 Fox News, 142,000 Minnesotans lost their health insurance policies when the base coverage requirements change. On November 18, Dayton declined to extend these policies, after Obama offered to extend them nationwide. In mid-December, barely a week before the initial sign-up deadline, Dayton expresses his concern about MNsure to IBM.

It's all to little to late. Through December 31, MNsure sold 25,860 Individual policies for private plans: I think it's highly unlikely...

Posted on 01/05/14 at 12:48 pm in response to Whose streets? Hennepin County’s streets!

We can just turn over the county roads in Minneapolis to Minneapolis. Done. It would be a small recompence for Hennepin picking up from Minneapolis the jail, workhouse, HCMC and the Library. Then there was the Twins Stadium tax. Why was it that that happened again? Oh yes, they couldn't manage (eg fund) them. Minneapolis will be coming by soon enough pleading poverty over the Vikings Stadium deal.

“Colleges make more money the more students they bring in the door” I think this could be said about any educational program. How many law enforcement and psychology graduates are out of work now? Or even architects? The schools market the degree. It's buyer beware everywhere.

When we start doing a patchwork of laws on privacy, we inadvertently pick winners and losers. Somebody's data gets released and they can't get an apartment or a job, then the next person does similar behavior and their data is "private."We also do it by setting up barriers to getting information that is "public", a fee or a drive to the courthouse. I guess I'd put in some basic things for safety (lets not share the information necessary for someone to open a credit card in my name), but then...

There is already a Lake Wobegon Brass Band. I think it's unlikely that Garrison Keillor would touch this with a ten foot pole.

Posted on 09/16/13 at 10:59 am in response to Running a ranked-choice election off the Star Tribune's mayoral poll

The outcomes of ranked-choice voting will be different because most of the candidates have recognized negative campaign tactics could hurt you (they want the second choice votes). Don has general name recognition and hasn't really made anyone angry. In an election with all underdogs, he'll coast to a victory.

Posted on 08/21/13 at 10:05 pm in response to Crime in Minneapolis

Reports of Drug, Prostitution and DUI crime are police driven. The crime is reported when the officer goes out and does an arrest vs a 911 call.

After the North Minneapolis tornado, we discovered that 68% of the residents were on public assistance. That hasn't fixed it yet.

He recognized that we need to let the market drive zoning. This will help affordability. The small house movement has been very strong across the country. I was also impressed by his mantra of a job is the way out. We can never subsidize our way out of this, but by giving people opportunities many could work their way out.

Loving the homeless does not fix the problem.

Posted on 08/22/13 at 11:24 am in response to How Minnesota can reduce its prison population

...report if you want to see some explanation of drug sentencing trends
"Incarceration of felony drug offenders at the state level has increased significantly over the past
fifteen years, at a higher rate than for any other offense category. The reason for this increase
is two-fold: a larger total number of drug offenders are being sentenced and a higher
percentage of them are receiving prison sentences. The imprisonment rate for drug offenders
was highest in...