With under one month remaining in the 2015 Legislative Session, the work at the Capitol is focused on responsibly balancing the state’s budget. This task is made easier by the $1.86 billion surplus resulting from increased economic activity in Minnesota.
Minnesota continues to be a national leader in economic recovery following the recent recession. Thanks to responsible budgeting, we now have the opportunity to make wise investments that will put more jobs, money and opportunities in the hands of Minnesotans to continue this robust come-back.
To keep the flying insects at bay, Mary Lee Hagert’s son and husband donned mosquito nets during a picnic lunch. It was quite a feat to get the sandwiches into their mouths without also consuming a few mosquitoes. (submitted photo)
It snowed on my birthday, again.
While that's nothing out of the ordinary for Minnesotans with birthdays between mid-November and mid-March, I'm always stunned when I look out the window and see snow falling from the heavens ... on my April birthday.
Granted, this year it was only snow flurries. But just the same, I couldn't help but wonder if those late-season snowflakes were really necessary.
If you or a member of your family has had occasion to hire a lawyer in the past, you may have wondered about what characteristics in a lawyer would allow you the greatest chance for a successful result in a reasonable time and at a reasonable cost. Perhaps you considered what judges are looking for in a lawyer. This past January an article entitled, “What do judges think of lawyers?” published on the MinnPost.com website, by Hennepin County Judge Mel Dickstein may be summarized as follows:
Due to the recent avian flu outbreak that has been destroying turkey and chicken flocks in Minnesota, the Minnesota House has approved legislation recently that allows state agencies to respond, as well as ensure that our food supply remains safe.
In separate bills, the House has signed off on appropriating $900,000 to state agencies to fight the problem immediately, as well as setting aside $7 million in order to help them respond to avian flu over the next two years
Money Management MNCPA
Choosing an early withdrawal from your IRA can be a costly move, often resulting in unfavorable consequences such as tax penalties and loss of future growth. In an effort to discourage the early collection of designated retirement money during taxpayers’ working years, Uncle Sam imposes a 10-percent penalty in addition to one’s regular tax bill. A withdrawal made earlier than age 59½ could qualify for such a penalty unless an available exemption criterion is met.
With only a week of session left, many of us are asking where the last few months went. This week the E-12 Division met in conference committee several times to lay out the differences between our two bills. On Thursday the Senate also took up the Legacy Bill – which takes three-eighths of one percent of the state sales tax and uses the money to invest in clean water, outdoor heritage, arts and cultural heritage and parks and trails. The bill totals $537 million over the FY16-17 biennium and invests in hundreds of important projects that will protect and enhance important places all across the state.
This weekend was quite the whirlwind.
The grammatical tense of this column will be somewhat confused because I’m writing this, of course, before the weekend and its events occurred, as the publication date of the paper is May 10 and I have to have my part of it finished today, May 7.
But I think I can reliably predict what will happen this weekend, so I’ll describe it in past tense.
It was a doozy of a week at the Capitol the other week, with several floor sessions lasting well into the evening or early morning hours. What follows is a look back at this past week’s highlights and a look ahead with predictions about the time remaining to the 2015 legislative session.
Century College leaders and stakeholders
When we reflect on the impact that Century College of White Bear Lake has on its students and surrounding communities, we realize the immense value of higher education. We appreciate this value through individual examples of student success.
During the past few years Minnesota courts have started to encourage parents to attend early neutral evaluation (ENE) when custody or parenting time (visitation) or financial issues are disputed, or attend mediation if ENE does not occur. There are several reasons for this requirement. One reason is cost: the sooner the parties can resolve their dispute, the fewer emotional and financial resources are devoted to the dispute. Literally tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and court costs can be avoided by an early resolution rather than protracted litigation. Some judges tell the parties, “You can choose to send your lawyer’s kids to college or your own.”