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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 8/2

A tale of two Marriage Equality Days

from Minnesota Brown by Aaron J. Brown

Further, anecdotal reports indicate that Range and rural DFL lawmakers are getting an earful about the issue at county fairs, though it remains to be seen whether that’s from former supporters or people who didn’t vote for them in the first place. Fact is, the issue is a flash point for deeply unpleasant arguments in which both sides are united by the perceived wrongness of the other.

Is the Minneapolis city charter too complicated?

from The Deets by Ed Kohler

The city, based on Segal’s legal advice, decided that a referendum was not necessary when the city voted on a 7-6 vote to commit hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build a pro sports facility, to purchase land, for site preparation, for road changes, for parking development, surely for sewer and water as well, and for a skyway (other infrastructure).

Short-sighted Anoka County drops wheelage tax

from streets.mn by Nathaniel M. Hood

Here’s the problem: whether this tax is dropped or not, Anoka County will be spending the scheduled $8 million in road maintenance. Now, instead of being paid for by drivers of automobiles, it’ll likely be snatched out of the other way county governments are funded: property taxes. This short-sighted dropping of the wheelage tax disproportionately punishes people who do not drive, or people who continue to use old automobiles.

Delaying employer mandate barely a bump in the road for the Affordable Care Act

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Christina Wessel

Earlier this month, the Obama administration delayed implementing one component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the provision that requires large employers to pay a penalty if they fail to offer health insurance coverage. The decision gives the federal government more time to clarify the rules and gives businesses more time to comply. A recent study by the Urban Institute assures us that it will not slow down the ACA’s goal to reduce the number of uninsured.

War itself is on the retreat

from The PoliticOle by Joel Jager

One of the most important unreported stories of the post-Cold War world is that less people are dying in wars than at any time since accurate statistics have been kept. The eagerness of the media to focus on the negative and the public’s forgetfulness of the horrors of the recent past have convinced many that the world is more dangerous than ever. In fact, the end of the Cold War and the stability of the international system have led to a period of relative peace. Of course, armed conflict is still a vexing problem that should not be ignored, but it is heartening to know that progress is being made.

Putting the baby to bed

from Kristine Holmgren — Drama Queen by Kristine Holmgren

Writing a play is like raising a child.

The idea for one comes from someplace other than the intellect.

The time for one is nonexistent.

The money, enthusiasm, energy and imagination for one emerges when the time is right, and not a moment prior.

And the launching of one is as painful as the launching of the other.

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