4. Our Congressional Oversight and Confirmation Process Prevents the Selection of the Best and the Brightest Senior Leadership. Our congressional confirmation process for our most senior leaders of the executive branch of government is broke and needs drastic improvement and repair. Here is just one recent discussion: http://billmoyers.com/content/slideshow-the-senates-broken-confirmation-process/ In brief, ...more »
Reform Minnesota DNR to eliminate conflict-of-interest between fostering metallic mining and protecting natural resources for forestry, recreation, fishing, and conservation. Assign any appropriate government responsibilities to encourage mining to department of employment and economic development, and require department to provide economic analysis of metals recycling and tourism/recreation jobs as well as mining boom ...more »
The bad ideas of the 2013 legislative session are affecting my children and the success of our great state. Please discuss education reform for more school choice and undo the lowering of graduation standards and weakened teacher evaluations.
As a relatively successful private sector affordable housing developer for almost 25 years in the Twin Cities, I went on to graduate school in the early 2000’s to develop the skills necessary to bring private sector business practices and approaches to the public sector. It was my belief that these approaches would assist government agencies in becoming more cost effective, and consequently, less tax dependent. What ...more »
Governor Dayton, please support voter inclusion as a fundamental principle in election reform, regardless of party support. Restoring the right to vote for those living in the community while completing a criminal sentence will positively engage more people in the democratic process, make the law more clear and save resources, and reduce disproportionate impacts on minorities. Early voting would modernize Minnesota ...more »
Security is of paramount importance in government systems, especially systems that contain public safety, personal, or financial data. Many large IT companies recognize that technically-inclined users and security researchers sometimes discover security holes through their legitimate use of IT systems, but many vulnerabilities go unreported out of fear of heavy-handed prosecution. As such, these companies have developed ...more »
Studies indicate that in any classroom, 25% of the students have vision problems significant enough to get in the way of learning. Up to 60% of special education students with learning problems have vision issues. Vision problems are often misdiagnosed as learning problems or an attention problem (ADHD or ADD). Minnesota sends $20,000 a year to teach a typical special ed. student ( these students are often in the system ...more »
re is news about the Senate going to build a new building on the north side of University Ave. A new building to do business, not for show. It seems unfair that the Senate should have an efficient working building and leaving the House members with the very inefficent Capitol. With a new Senate building, the Senators will need to walk to a session, which doesn't make sense, just like the Representatives do now. ...more »
I talk to a lot of small business people and it seems a lot of regulations favor large business over smaller ones. I also hear a lot of people talking about what could make their job/profession better. Before making laws or regulations, it seems that with modern technology, we could ask for input from the people who would be directly affected before instituting new regulations or laws. Perhaps the rationale could ...more »
When we have fund raisers for charity at DPS we have a silent auction, so bids are made and a donated item brings $10 to $40. At a similar type of charity fund raiser at VA medical center, bid tickets are sold, and the item brings $50 to $400 . The idea here stopping charity donations is that that would be "GAMBLING"!! Can't we do more for charity?
Very, very few Minnesotans have any idea at all, when, what, and where the State of Minnesota auctions off it's surplus property (vehicles and the like). The more people who attend these events, the more competitive the bidding process will be, and the more money the state will receive for it's surplus goods. So, I propose that the State of Minnesota should very actively and very regularly showcase these auctions ...more »
As the only parenting time I was being given by the mother, was at what they call an “Access Center” reserved for parents with a violent history, that concerns for the childs’ safety exist. I was unaware of this at the time. Despite my plea to the Judge to not force me to go into an environment that I feel, under my circumstances, is abusive. I was only offered to go back to the center and furthermore, I was not entitled ...more »