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Michael Hess

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 year 35 weeks

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Posted on 10/30/14 at 11:21 am in response to The Met Council problem: regionalism

the point of the article seems to be that the Met Council has strayed from it's charter of coordinating regional services like transit and sewers to directing local municipalities on how they should develop themselves. It's a transition from supporting the region to directing the region. As most of the comment here suggest, there should be value in a regional approach to things like transit. But when cities and towns are given mandated targets for affordable housing, or told how to zone...

Posted on 10/27/14 at 05:07 pm in response to About those MNsure weighted rate increases

As we learned last year it can be painful for people to switch plans, which often (especially for the lower cost ACA plans include narrow networks) require you to switch providers. Note I am not saying always, there is no guarantee you'd have to switch but the odds are much higher that if you change plans you'd have to change providers than if you stay with the plan. So yes the weighted average is actually relevant and more relevant than an unweighted average. But you want to go that...

Posted on 10/27/14 at 08:48 am in response to KSTP-TV meteorologist Ken Barlow reflects on life with bipolar disorder

I was unaware until I read this article that Ken Barlow suffered from Bipolar disorder. I guess I've been under a rock or something. I have always appreciated his on-screen presence and enjoyed his broadcasts, and now it seems he's adding even more to the community with this public outreach. Thanks to Ken for helping those with mental health issues feel less isolated and less ashamed - and hopefully to lead them to better outcomes.

The author is simply reporting the rate increases with more granularity than the state and the Governor did and pointing out that the average of averages isn't helpful. There are no extensive qualifications required to do (pretty simple) math like this. The author doesn't veer in to an ACA pro or con, or make any judgement about the appropriateness of the rate increases. Your reply suggests an unreasonable sensitivity around the topic as though anything that could be considered negative...

Congrats to the whole organization for the progress they are making to move past the Henson/Davis/Campbell era. What a difference leadership makes.

All the proposals I have seen would require the tipped servers to make at least $12/hr with tips included well above the minimum floor. Also a citation in the Minnesota Daily recently as a "2012 MNRA Survey" said the average houlry wage for server in the Twin Cities was $22/hr. Thats a lot more than the claimed $9.32 statewide median - and why cite median anyway vs the average? $22 is also a lot more consistent with the other reports of tipped employee take home pay. Lastly the article...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 10:07 am in response to Inspired to act during orchestra lockout, young musicians bloom

Thank you for profiling this great group and its young leaders. Very encouraging for what they will accomplish in the future!

It's clear that Mr Black won't be voting McFadden and doesn't think anyone else should either but this singleminded focus on creating articles that put the candidate in a negative light and corresponding articles boosting the performance of Sen Franken in office is getting a little tired. By all means go after the candidates and their positions on the issues but at least try to be consistent.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 01:26 pm in response to Minneapolis begins to see the benefits of 'granny flats'

I like the idea of legalizing these type of residences providing they fit - so just like any change to the code the city would need to ensure the lot was big enough to support another residence and it's integration to the lot fit. For example with the 2 story garages we now allowed to build you need to match roof pitch and exterior material to your house. If this works for you great, if not, well build a normal garage.

I think it's a mistake to assume the experience in Philips is...

I seem to recall in interviews and full page newspaper ads that the Minnesota Orchestra viewed the amount of financial cuts to be achieved from the musicians as non negotiable - as in it didn't matter if they slashed salary or benefits as long as they got to the same bottom line. This was during the management initiated lockout. And somehow it was the musicians that didn't negotiate? I also thought the world class negotiator that they brought on proposed a negotiated return to work...