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Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sues Minneapolis over paid sick leave ordinance

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Paid sick leave not out of the woods just yet. The Star Tribune’s Eric Roper reports: “The state’s largest business association, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, is taking the city of Minneapolis to court over its new sick time ordinance — on the basis that it is preempted by state law. … The organization wants a district court judge to halt implementation of the city’s ordinance, slated for July 2017. Their suit argues that the new rules pose major regulatory challenges for employers in an environment when employees often work across municipal boundaries.”

Here’s something rare this election: a look at an actual policy issue. The Pioneer Press’s David Montgomery writes: “Lawmakers in both parties say health care is at the top of voters’ minds as the state’s individual health insurance market faces skyrocketing costs and shrinking choices. … That means major changes to Minnesota’s insurance markets could be on the table when the Legislature reconvenes in January. … “At some point, when you’re in a crisis situation — which we are — we have to look at all options,” said Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston and co-chair of the Legislature’s MNsure Oversight Committee. … But Republicans and Democrats on the ballot this fall are promising different approaches on how to improve health care in Minnesota.

With early voting, you can have it all. The Pioneer Press’s Dave Orrick writes: “Here’s the problem with Election Day 2016 in Minnesota: It’s the Tuesday after the deer hunting opener. … That means — conceivably, if the deer are really, really skittish on the opening weekend of the firearms season — maybe 500,000 or so Minnesotans might decide it’s better to don blaze orange and climb a tree stand with a gun than to spend the effort to vote in this <insert whatever adjective you think applies> election.”

Minnesota’s shot at history. The West Central Tribune’s Brad Dokken writes: “Rick Swenson says he plans to launch a giant pumpkin Saturday morning on the Red River in Grand Forks and paddle downstream to Oslo, Minn., a distance of about 26 river miles. … The existing pumpkin-paddling record is about 8 miles, Swenson said, set earlier this year on a river in Pennsylvania. … Swenson said he came up with the idea as a way to one-up a friend who grows giant pumpkins in Lancaster, Minn., and drops one on a car every fall. … In more ways than one, Swenson is paddling into the unknown.”

In other news…

Interesting inside perspective: “My year in the Twin Cities recovery community” [City Pages]

Things are really bad: “Candidate for ND office says ‘Make America Rape again’” [Inforum]

Defending the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department: “UMD students stage sit-in to protest proposed budget cuts” [Duluth News Tribune]

Of all the bad luck: “City of St. Paul to pay $500,000 for flying log injury” [Pioneer Press]

Follow-up: “’TV bank robber’ sentenced to federal prison” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

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