President Obama's State of the Union address hammered home the importance of increasing the minimum wage. State legislators across the country are already on board and have been working to pass such legislation in their respective states.
Three lines from KSTP News' story on Minnesota House Republican Leader Kurt Daudt and his recent arrest (plus the headline: "House GOP Leader Ends Up in Handcuffs after Truck Sale Gone Wrong") tell us all we really need to know about how NOT to handle embarrassing revelations:
"House Republican leader Kurt Daudt, (R) Crown, ended up in handcuffs but says he was not arrested, even though court documents say otherwise."
Fulfilling their promise to invest in education, Minnesota’s Democratic leaders joined with the state’s Democratic governor to announce the state was moving ahead of schedule to repay money that Republicans had held back from local districts when they controlled the legislature.
Yet another middle class priority Republicans failed to accomplish in the two years they held legislative majorities in Minnesota: "The Minnesota Department of Revenue is projecting a $121 million decline in property taxes next year... the first drop in Minnesota property taxes in a decade."
The drop is occurring because Minnesota's Democratic legislature and Governor "steered millions of extra dollars to local government aid in the most recent budget, with the expectation that the money will be passed along to the taxpayer in the form of lower property tax levies... Without the addiitonal[sic] money, he said, his office projected that local property taxes would have increased by $180 million in 2014."
The more than 300-million-dollar net tax reduction is just another in a long line of accomplishments by DFL legislators in their first year back in the majority.