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A raise is at odds with the purpose
The proposals for legislative pay is another sticky issue that ranks with the problem of not having term limits. Our governor has suggested that legislators should earn the same as the average household in Minnesota.
These legislative positions are part time, and he wants them to earn the same as a full-time employee earns in a public company. This is one of the problems of politics today. It had been envisioned that legislators would have full-time jobs, serve the public on an interim basis and return to their day jobs afterward. These should not be career positions today. And we ask ourselves why can’t we balance budgets?
Terry Thomas, Minnetonka
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Hooray for Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature! HOORAY! HOORAY! The Ford plant is shuttered; 200 jobs are leaving IBM in Rochester, and 600 jobs are leaving Supervalu. And yet, do we hear of a jobs initiative plan from our state leaders? Perhaps I’ve missed it, but I only hear of increased taxes on the wealthy and a pay raise for the governor and Legislature.
The Mayo Clinic offered a plan that would create hundreds to thousands of jobs over time, but that idea so far has been shot down. Many of these jobs would be union jobs, and isn’t that in the DFL wheelhouse? I suspect the problem is that career politicians have no idea how to create a job in the private sector. Will the last person to leave Minnesota remember to turn off the lights?
Joseph Wenker, Maple Grove
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You like us! You really like us … Huh? Oh.
We, your readers, know that you don’t much like to publish praises of your great newspaper. So let the Pulitzer Prizes do it for you (“Star Tribune wins two Pulitzers,” April 16). Congratulations! I’ve written it a few times and never saw that in print. So be it. So now: Thank you for what you do daily. It’s not such a thankless job after all.
Rodney Hatle, Owatonna, Minn.
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Congratulations to the Star Tribune! From articles about the dangers of radon, to child care practices, to potent and pertinent Steve Sack cartoons, this paper is truly one of a kind. I certainly appreciate all the tremendous work by everyone who contributes. Really, what a great team!
My 88-year-old mother-in-law, who raised five children and is now sick in the hospital, says she would not have gotten through raising a family and getting up every morning in her later years without the excitement of reading such wonderfully written work.
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