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Where Does He Stand?

A few thoughts on the Minnesota Legislative session. Where do our representatives stand?

There is a big pile of legislation pending in St. Paul this session.  The hot button issues of Taxes, Gun control, and same sex "marriage" have dominated the news.  Unfortunately, the HIX is already law, but there are lots of other issues of great importance still being debated, and your voice is important.

I have written previously about is the forced unionization of child care.  A bill: HF 950 was described in this post: Unionizing Small Business.

The vast majority of child care in Minnesota is done by independent home-based businesses.  HF 950 makes these businesses "employees" of the state.  This is because their customers pay their child care bills partly with Minnesota subsidies.

Joe Atkins (House district 52B-D) took exception when I erroneously wrote that he was a sponsor of  HF 950.  Patch responded by editing my post to remove references to Rep Atkins, and I responded with an apology post.

Now it is time to vote on HF 950.  Will the Minnesota legislature re-define independent businesses to be "employees" of the state?  Will our representatives put the needs of their union supporters above economic freedom for those businesses?

I have friends who run day care.  They ask me what this change in law will mean to them.  They keep asking me about whether they will have to pay union dues, even though they want nothing to do with the union.  They don't want to raise their rates, but would have little choice if those dues were required.

Joe Atkins often posts here on Patch.  He writes about light hearted things like myths and paying students for grades.  I much prefer his posts on issues like this one  that at least try to justify his positions on issues that have enormous impact in Minnesota.

I would like to know whether he is going to vote for HF 950.  So would my friends who run day care.

I encourage my readers to ask all their representatives where they stand on HF 950.  Once this precedent is set, which independent businesses will be next?  There are few businesses who don't have customers who get some kind of subsidy.

If you don't know who your rep is, look it up here.

The DFL did very well in 2012, and is in full control in the Minnesota legislature.  Their agenda is clear - higher taxes, to be used for bailouts, mandates and public subsidies of all kinds.

We are the voters, and have a responsibility and a duty to engage in the political process and make our voices heard.  Look up your reps.  Tell them what you think.  If you don't have time, or don't care to weigh in, don't complain when the laws are not to your liking.

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Becky Anderson April 03, 2013 at 06:25 AM
Don, would you vote for or against Hf 950?? I'm looking for a one word answer.
Donald Lee April 03, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Being adults, we all understand that we don't always get what we want. ;-> In answer to your second question: sorry. In answer to your first, I would comment that this blog post should be pretty clear about where I would stand if called upon to vote on it. I object strongly to its premises, and to the way it has been "presented" - first by the governor in an attempt to bypass the legislature. I think it is inappropriate. I wrote to Rep Atkins and told him that I am appalled that it is even being seriously considered. Given all that, a "one word" answer seems unnecessary, but I'm happy to make an exception just this once. ;-> Against.
Becky Anderson April 04, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Thanks. I haven't decided yet.
ward tatro April 04, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Becky Why don't you ask Joe the same question? I'll wait.
Becky Anderson April 04, 2013 at 06:56 PM
This isn't Rep. Atkins' blog.
Old Coot April 06, 2013 at 01:11 PM
hi Don. A book that might be of interest to you; David Stockman's The Great Deformation. It's been trashed, mostly by leftist reviewers and he does take a rather extreme position (at least from my standpoint). But it is fascinating reading nonetheless; all about crony capitalism and the threat of inflation. 712 pages, so not a single night's read. But for an economic history junky like me a real page turner.
Donald Lee April 06, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Thank you.
Cyndi Cunningham April 07, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Thank you so much for this blog and your questions regarding HF950!! I have been working to educate providers and the public for a few years, some of the coalition members I am partnering with have been involved for 7 years!!! The only guaranteed benefactor on this process is the union. This law is ment to change federal law which prohibits monopolies.....this will create a system where they will be limited to clients only public paying or pay union dues/fair-share dues. There are many DFL'rs that we do not know where they stand, too many we know are for this! The basic philosophical difference is that those who are against it see ourselves as small business owners and child care subsidy as a program for families, those who are for it see themselves as workers and the subsidy as their pay. check out www.childcareunioninfo.com!!!
Donald Lee May 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I hope someone is organizing the opposition to HF 950 at the capitol this Saturday. The SEIU and AFSCME will be there, and without clear opposition, I think it will pass. The childcareunioninfo.com web site has no contact info.....

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