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From apnews.com, 4/22/16:  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Iowa and Minnesota lawmakers are exploring a system to allow Iowa residents to buy medical marijuana oil from their northern neighbor, lawmakers from both states have told The Associated Press.  As Iowa's Legislature barrels toward adjournment, legislative leaders are still struggling to expand a 2014 law that legalized marijuana oil for certain patients suffering seizures but left them nowhere to buy it. Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer said Friday they're now considering an agreement with Minnesota as one option.

As you may know, the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee has scheduled another hearing on HF 3585 (Rep. Drazkowski’s Scott Walker-style attack on public employees). We need a strong show of opposition – Please turnout tomorrow!

WHO: Union members & supporters

WHAT:  House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee hearing on HF 3585

WHERE: State Office Building, Basement Hearing Room

WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 10:15 a.m.

From Marijuana Business Daily, 4/4/16:  Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday afternoon that protects financial institutions working with marijuana businesses from state criminal prosecution.  The new law, however, does not protect financial institutions from federal prosecution, so it isn’t likely to persuade banks and credit unions in Oregon to start servicing marijuana businesses.

From MN House of Representatives Session Daily Home, 4/5/16:  Choking up slightly and wiping away a tear, Tish Penny of Savage told the House Agriculture Policy Committee Tuesday how important supporting urban agriculture is for her family and her precocious 3-year-old son, Ethan Mason Penny, who already knows how to plant his own crops and can identify most varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Job Vacancy FACT SHEET—April 2016

In Minnesota we have 98,000 unemployed job seekers competing for 96,000 job openings, according to the updated Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  It’s the first time we’ve seen a 1-to-1 ratio between job seekers and job openings since the state first conducted the survey in 2001.  As recently as two years ago, we still had two job seekers for every job opening. *

From Star Tribuine, 3/23/16:  St. Paul tax incentives are still in play for development around the proposed Minnesota United stadium.  The majority of City Council members said Wednesday they do not want to rule out tax-increment financing (TIF) at the site just north of the stadium, which currently houses the Midway Shopping Center and a sprawling parking lot. They shot down Council Member Rebecca Noecker's resolution opposing a TIF district there in a 4-3 vote.

From mnpACT.org 3/19/16:  The Minnesota legislature is going to be another political battleground. Here in the South Metro, it could be ground zero for Democratic control.  Some top caliber candidates have emerged to challenge the GOP incumbents that dominate this area. These candidates are not looking back - they are looking forward to a better Minnesota future. They are focused on clean energy. Job growth. Education at all levels. Sustainable transportation (the key to future growth). Health care that gets fixed and works for every single Minnesotan.

From Star Tribune, 3/11/16:  Overall, Minnesota is doing better — much better — than in recent years. We have a $900 million budget surplus; unemployment is at a 15-year low, and businesses are creating jobs. Still, too many Minnesotans are feeling left behind in an economy that too often favors the wealthy few.  Republicans will say the answer is big tax cuts for the wealthy, corporations and special interests. But that choice threatens to put our state back into deficit and will not address the economic challenges facing Minnesota families.

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