Minnesota unemployed will get less help from the benefit extension passed yesterday by the Senate, writes MN 2020’s Senta Knuth, because Minnesota has a comparatively lower unemployment rate. One of the give-backs to Republicans in Congress was the agreement that states with lower unemployment would get 13 fewer weeks from the extension. Continue reading
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From “nation of slaves” to “my teeth are white,” from $100,000 waiters to allegations of stolen elections, nonsense and deception dominate Minnesota’s political headlines in July. Continue reading
How to end the recession? Start by cutting the wages of those overpaid waiters, says Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Emmer said that Minnesota should factor tips into the hourly pay for minimum wage workers in restaurants and other gratuity-based jobs. Emmer wants Minnesota to take advantage of a federal provision that allows employers to pay tipped employees as little as $2.13 per hour. At the Eagle Street Grill in downtown St. Paul, Emmer said: Continue reading
With three murders in the last week pushing the year’s toll to 24, Minneapolis crime is in the news. The latest three: a shooting on the Northside on Thursday, and two shootings in south Minneapolis on Saturday and Sunday. The Daily Planet explains how to find the statistics, and has a chart of the past ten years. Continue reading
The World Cup international soccer tournament, held every four years, launched with opening ceremonies in South Africa last night. Less-known in the United States, the World Cup is a huge international event, leading news and Twitter postings worldwide. More than three million tickets have been sold, and hundreds of millions will watch on television in 215 countries. This is the 19th World Cup, and the first time the tournament has taken place in Africa. The 64 games will take place over the next month, with the final game on July 11. Wikipedia describes in detail how the 32 national teams were selected and scheduled. Continue reading