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Frank Phelan

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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Posted on 01/26/15 at 01:52 pm in response to LIFO isn't the culprit in poor student achievement

Not everything that can be counted, counts.

Not everything that counts, can be counted.

Once you realize that, evaluations for teachers, and grades for students become much more of a subjective area.

Posted on 01/19/15 at 12:27 pm in response to Q&A: What Tom Emmer wants for Minnesota businesses

On Rep. Emmer's hidden agenda is passing a national Right to Work For Less law. He won't lead the charge, and surely like Scot Walker I'm sure it's "not something he's interested in at this time". But if there is a vote, you know which side he'll come down on.

What are the current parameters for allowing (private) groups of the public to meet at state buildings, including the capitol? Can an AA group meet? Does the group and it's purpose at that meeting have to do with state legislative business?

I've heard of groups of citizens meeting at the capitol to demonstrate or meet with and lobby legislators. But as far as using meeting rooms solely for their own group to meet, that's a new one on me. Have my tax dollars been taken from me to...

Posted on 01/13/15 at 11:49 am in response to Two for the roads: comparing the parties' transportation funding plans

The interstate highways support much more than commercial traffic. There are a lot of personal trips people make that have nothing to do with commerce, such as commuting to and from work and for purely social activates. We don't need 4 lanes each direction between Minneapolis and St. Paul for commerce, and reducing lane miles will greatly lower my taxes that pay for the extra pavement.

What say you, Mr. Tester? Shall we ban Twins fans from going to the game on 394?

Posted on 01/13/15 at 11:33 am in response to Restaurant owners look to Legislature to clip minimum wage increase

I want to expand my home. I could better afford it if I don't have to pay sales tax on the materials. Just think, if I and thousands of other Minnesotans can expand and remodel our homes with this nifty tax break, why we'll all create lots of jobs. In 5-7 years I'm sure we'll easily make up for the lost revenue.

Posted on 01/09/15 at 12:25 pm in response to What the parties' first bills tell us about 2015 legislative session

I'm shocked to find the MN republicans are proposing to increase the government take over of healthcare. Not only that, but encouraging people to go iinto nursing or nursing home related occupations interferes with the magic of the marketplace.

Better to cater to the base by voting20 or 30 times to end MN Sure.

But what with Tom Emmer going to Washington with his hand out looking for government dollars, maybe this is the new GOP.

Posted on 01/01/15 at 01:51 pm in response to The 6 most intriguing congressional stories of 2014

Sen. McConnell. He did his bi-partisan best to get some reasonable legislation past. The guy just bent over backwards to compromise, to no avail.

With Reid out of the way, I'm sure we'll see a blizzard of legislation signed by Obama. And Obama's appointments will be approved in short order, quickly alleviating that backlog.

The web site of the Minnesota Center For Fiscal Excellence does not say anything about where it gets its funding, at least from what I can tell. But given the make up of the Board of Directors, it seems that a more correct title would be the Corporate Center For Fiscal Excellence. No shame in that, but one wonders how mush government largesse the state ladles on to the employers of the board members.

Posted on 12/19/14 at 09:40 am in response to Chamber of Commerce will seek to scrap Minnesota's wage law provisions

"Jess Fleming of the PiPress says, “Surly, the brewery that started the craft-beer boom in Minnesota, "

Hey Jess, Summit predates Surly by about 2 decades. Great Northern Porter ain't exactly Miller Lite.

This type of sloppy journalism never happened when Edina liberals wrote for the PiPress.

Posted on 12/12/14 at 03:05 pm in response to For healthier hearts, focus on sugar, not salt, say researchers

The starch in bread, whether made from whole wheat or not, is quickly converted to sugar by the body.

Despite it's wholesome image and darn right tastiness, wheat flour is no a healthful thing to eat.