Notes from all over

by GDA gda@accessmn.com

5-26-2016

Well, our vaunted 2016 Minnesota Legislature has come to an end with, apparently, not many of their goals, reached. The Republican House and the Democratic Senate spent a lot of time quarrelling with each other, hoping they would get the best press out of their arguments. The governor sometimes even knew what was going on, but It looks like the people are the winners as the Legislature didn't get a chance to spend a lot of our money.
They did switch Minnesota from a presidential caucus to a primary starting in 2020. They apparently overhauled our drug sentencing laws making it easier to sell drugs. If you want to get married, you don't have to wait. They also approved spending $1.8 million for three men who were exonerated for crimes they were imprisoned for.
The Republicans appear to have been the winners as they got a $259 million tax cut. The Democrats wanted employers to take part in a state-run insurance program providing paid leave to new parents and workers taking care of family members. They seem to have gotten nothing.
Now, for all that we had to pay these hacks a lot of money, including their staff. They were able to move into their palatial new chambers, also. They did spend a lot of time doing nothing, though. Face it, if they can't get the work done that they say they are going to do, pass the bills that might help the state, etc., then we should take action this November. All of the House is up for election and many of the senators.
Flush them out!
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The good news is summer is here. That means we will have over three months of warm or cold weather, rainy or dry or even snow, high winds or none, hail, you name it. One thing is sure in Minnesota, if you don't like the weather, just wait a little and it will change to something you might like.
The good thing for summer is we don't have the traffic jams they have down south, most of us don't even lock our doors as we trust everybody and we can go fishing any day or play golf on one of our great golf courses. Heck, if you are a golfer you might not have to get a tee time, either and it won't cost you an arm and a leg to golf. I do believe that we have some of the best golf courses in the state up here.
Of course we are real happy to see our summer friends. Many of them consider this their home, even though they can only be here part of the time.
I lived many years in the Twin Cities area and drove those dratted freeways twice a day. Getting to and from work was almost more work than the actual job. I hear it is even worse now.
Tuesday of this week I am going fishing with my son Guy from Texas and grandson Isaiah from Kansas with Lonnie Johnson guiding us on Trout Lake. This will seem funny not working. Yeah, the papers will go out, though.
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Have a good week and enjoy this great country.


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