A creative data visualization and cartography team in Washington has presented FEC data on individual contributions to GOP presidential candidates in an unusually beautiful map.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman blames proposed increases on cuts to Local Government Aid. What’s the alternative? Will you accept increases in property taxes or fees? What can you live without? What would you cut?
A brief history of the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council, and how to make it a bit less so.
We can’t do a performance review of Minnesota’s first-term legislators without putting campaign contributions under the microscope. That job is easier now than it’s ever been. Here’s how.
How did the freshmen vote? How did their activity reflect the major donors to their 2010 campaigns? And of course, what can we expect from them in 2012?
There are clear disparities in life expectancy among racial groups in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties.
What story should I be working on next? What public data should I be hunting down? What local issues, shrouded in mystery, should I be investigating?
The story didn’t end with the special session. State workers are settling back into their jobs and picking up the pieces. At home, many are still struggling with the financial hit.
State workers booting up their computers for the first time in more than twenty days are being welcomed back with an email from Mark Dayton.
We don’t know the specifics yet, but we know there will be cuts that lead to property tax hikes. What should we expect and how might city governments cope with the cuts?
If you’re a Dayton supporter, what’s on your mind? What would you have had him do differently? If you back the GOP, do you feeling vindication or disappointment?
Some are too angry to work, but others fear a rush to catch up once the shutdown has finally ended and they’re doing what they can while waiting for that first unemployment check.
Read what state employees are saying in this second week of the shutdown. Most are among the 22,000 who were laid off. Some speak of a sort of “survivor’s guilt” from hollowed-out agencies.
Are you a business owner affected by the shutdown? Perhaps it’s a matter of licensing or the suspension of a contract. Help guide our shutdown coverage.
Do you work for a nonprofit affected by the shutdown? Perhaps it’s a matter of suspended funding. Or maybe you’re already hearing from people with needs that would otherwise be met by a fully functioning state government.
All sides are angry, and I’m hearing much diversity in that anger. Some blame one side only; others blame both. Some are focused on mere inconveniences; others on certain suffering.
A new study looks at county-level study of life expectancy in the United States and compares the information to an average of the 10 nations with the world’s best life expectancies.
Not long after I posted the email sent by Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers to state employees, Department of Natural Resources Central Region Information Officer Harland Hiemstra copied me on this response, which he’s g
They may not be speaking to the press about negotiations, but the Republican leadership made an attempt for the hearts and minds of state workers today with a mass email signed by Kurt Zellers and Amy Koch.• Furious state employee responds
Read Dayton’s list of critical services and see just how much of each agency’s workforce will likely be cut if the shutdown happens.