Remember when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously said of federal health-care legislation, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”? She roundly was blasted, and rightly so, and still is being blasted, not only because she obviously hadn’t read the bill but because she didn’t seem to have an understanding of its impacts.
If budgets truly are statements of values then it is clear Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton values education, including higher education, into which he proposes investing $262 million over the next two years. That would be a 10 percent increase, and it represents the largest percentage increase in the spending plan the governor has pitched to the state Legislature.
The compromise in St. Paul to study hospital staffing, while not an ideal outcome, certainly is better than the government meddling in how many nurses are on duty, and when and where, at privately owned and operated health-care facilities.
In December, a Hastings woman went missing from a St. Paul hospital.
For nearly three months her case was cold. That said, officers were still hard at work in Hastings, flagging the woman in a national computer database, obtaining DNA samples and staying in contact with the family.
And here we go. The Minnesota Legislature’s top priority this session — setting a two-year budget that, hopefully, also puts the state on more-solid, longer-term financial footing — kicked off Tuesday with the release of Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed spending plan.
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