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Where is the public benefit? The Economic Development Authority is meeting on November 10, 2015 at 730am-930am and will be finalizing the business subsidy agreement in regards to the Hy-Vee development.  It is approximately $1,380,000 and in the text of the agreement calls for the “creation of 50 full-time or full-time equivalent jobs with wages of at least $11 per hour, exclusive of benefits.”  Not a good deal for taxpayers or workers at the proposed store.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger is holding a meeting on Nov. 10 to gather public comment about recommendations from the Advisory Panel on Intractable Pain. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wentworth Library in West St. Paul.The panel has been considering whether Minnesota should add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program.

Minnesota Medical Solutions opened its door to Minnesota state legislators this fall, presenting policy makers and other key officials a glimpse into the start and progress of the state's medical cannabis industry, which was authorized by the legislature in 2014.  Watch it here.

Congressman Keith Ellison and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be holding a discussion on the future of affordable housing in the Twin Cities on Friday, October 30, 2015.  Click the link for more information:  PDF icon Castro Event Flyer.pdf

From MINNPOST 10/5/15:  The Congressional Progressive Caucus, co-chaired by Congressman Keith Ellison, said today that the new Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, signed by the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries, is not a good deal for working families in any of the countries.  The deal now goes to Congress, where it's expected to generate lengthy debate. Supporters say it will end tariffs, promote free trade and ultimately benefit the U.S.

From bloomberg.com, 9/28/15:  Unions might never recover the strength they had decades ago, but recent signs suggest renewed support for labor, or at least an end to its run as a Republican bogeyman.  After building a campaign around his battle with government workers, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker abruptly ended his presidential campaign Sept. 21. His decision came a month after a Gallup Poll found that support for unions jumped 5 percentage points in the past year to its highest level nationwide since 2008.

AFSCME3800.org:  On Tuesday, September 29th from 12-1pm please join AFSCME 3800, AFSCME 3937 & Teamsters 320 at our Rally for Raises & Respect at Morrill Hall! We need to turn up the heat, show the University “No More Business As Usual,” & show our bargaining team they have our support.