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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 2/8

Taxes, ranked-choice voting, gay marriage and jobs, Facebook and the secret of happiness.

One more time: Medical device tax doesn’t hurt industry

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

Medical device companies have distorted the effects of [the medical device] tax and I challenge them to provide proof of the real business effects it will have. 

Border sales tax impacts: Do we believe our lying eyes?

from Growth & Justice Blog by Charlie Quimby

Response to differences in the sales tax depends on proximity of border communities. In other words, the farther you have to drive to avoid the tax, the less likely you are to do so. 

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Just in time for Minnesota’s tax debate

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Nan Madden

We need to reform Minnesota’s tax system so we can end the vicious cycle of budget deficits and gimmicks and instead invest in our future and our communities. And we need to reform the system so that all Minnesotans  pay their fair share.

Second choice: RCV lessons from 2009

from LeftMN by Aaron Klemz

…all campaigns in RCV races should create an explicit strategy to maximize their second choice votes among trailing candidates.

Is legalizing gay marriage a Minnesota jobs program?

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

…let’s take a look at whether there is any direct connection between legalizing gay marriage and creating and retaining Minnesota jobs. 

Stolen: Facebook is still getting away with swiping your face…

from Girl Meets Geek by Kate-Madonna Hindes

How would you feel if Facebook took your photo, or a photo of your children and allowed their advertisers to use your image for “social ads?”  This is exactly what happened to Amy*, who had no idea Facebook used her image in such a careless and un-ethical way.

Unhappy with happiness?

from Macaroni by John Toren

People who have less frequent positive emotions, less satisfaction about their life, and more depressive symptoms, are more likely to place an emphasis on being happy than those who are already experiencing a high level of well-being.

In other words, people who are happy don’t think much about it. Those who are fighting an unending battle with anxiety or depression, perhaps due to childhood trauma or physiological issues, must work harder to “find” happiness any way they can.

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