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Veto of statewide health insurance wastes opportunity to save millions for schools


Wed, May 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 11, 2010 - Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher released the following statement today regarding the veto of a statewide health insurance bill for school employees.



"Gov. Pawlenty's veto of the statewide health insurance bill for school employees wastes a golden opportunity to save our schools millions of dollars that they could be using to help improve the education of our children.



"The governor's own experts at the Minnesota Management and Budget office estimate that putting this bill into law would save our schools $190 million in just the first 3½ years, with the savings continuing to grow into the future.



"The governor openly admits he would sign the bill if Education Minnesota, the teachers union, would only submit to his package of education 'reforms.' That is a remarkable admission.



"He's saying that even during the worst economic times any of us can remember, he would block an innovative approach to health insurance that would put millions of dollars into our classrooms.



"This bill stands on its own as good public policy. It saves money, puts those dollars into our classrooms and improves access to health insurance for school employees. Good public policy should not be a hostage to politics.



"Our state is in a fiscal crisis. Instead of grasping this innovative, responsible lifeline, the governor clings to his own political ideology. Our public schools and the children who attend them deserve better."



About Education Minnesota

Education Minnesota represents 70,000 professionals working together for excellence in education for all students. Education Minnesota's members include teachers and educational support professionals in Minnesota's public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota's community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO. More information about Education Minnesota is available at www.educationminnesota.org.



$456,000 in Small Cities Development Program Grant is received by La Crescent and Dakota Minnesota

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Today Mike Poellinger, Mayor, announced that La Crescent and Dakota Minnesota have received a grant of $456,000 for improvements to owner occupied single family homes. "This is a big deal, said Poellinger, the grant will rehab twenty homes for our lo ..... 
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Education Minnesota endorses Anderson Kelliher for governor

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 8, 2010 - Education Minnesota announced Saturday that it has endorsed Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor of Minnesota.



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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update and Outlook

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 10- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.9 ..... 
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Minnesota Receives Recovery Act Funding for Job Training

Thu, May 6th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington DC - Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, Representative Tim Walz, Representative Jim Oberstar and Representative Betty McCollum announced Minnesota will receive $5.5 million through the Recovery Act to provide reemployment se ..... 
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Southeast Minnesota Job Seekers Outnumber Job Openings 7-to-1

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The latest Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows that in Southeast Minnesota* there are 18,500 unemployed workers competing for 2,500 unfilled jobs. This means that job seekers outnumber job ope ..... 
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WALZ ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION RECOVERY ACT GRANT TO MAYO CLINIC TO SPUR LOCAL INNOVATION, JOBS

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington, DC- Today at a press conference with Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Congressman Walz announced that Mayo Clinic was selected as 1 of 15 communities nationally to serve as a pilot p ..... 
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Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher says thank you on National Teacher Day

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 4, 2010: Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher offered his congratulations to all 70,000 state educators on Wednesday, which is National Teacher Day.



"Teachers do so much every day that goes unnoticed," said Do ..... 
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Ryan Vernosh named 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Brooklyn Park, Minn., May 2, 2010 - Ryan Vernosh, a sixth-grade teacher at Maxfield Magnet Elementary School in St. Paul, has been chosen 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.



Vernosh says the core of his education philosophy is "an un ..... 
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