MONDAY, March 3
Paying for kindergarten? Minneapolis all-day plan has questions than answers
By Scott Russell, TC Daily Planet
Facing a $13 million budget hole for the upcoming school year, Minneapolis school leaders are exploring a new moneymaker: expanding all-day kindergarten programs and charging families for them.
A grim forecast
by Nick Busse, Session Weekly
“It could be worse” was about the best news that State Economist Tom Stinson had to offer Feb. 28 as he presented the Department of Finance’s grim February Forecast, which predicts a $935 million budget shortfall for the remainder of the 2008-09 biennium.
Six moderates out, six conservatives in: GOP changes leadership in wake of override vote
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Six Republican members of the Minnesota House who voted with the DFL majority to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of the $6.6 billion transportation bill have been stripped of their committee positions and replaced with more conservative Republicans.
INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Burma multi-ethnics culture show
by Tom LaVenture, Asian American Press
There are many ethnic groups that come from Burma (now Myanmar) and there is only one Burmese ethnic group. These distinct communities have a combined Minnesota population of over a thousand now, with each holding their own cultural, spiritual and political holidays events.
Security officers strike for a living wage — and respect
by Lauretta Dawalo Towns, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Twin Cities security officers called a one-day strike for Monday, February 25, against the three largest security contractors in the area — Securitas, American, and ABM. According to officials of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the strike was called after these companies and others walked out of negotiations last Saturday night without addressing affordable health insurance for security officers and their families.
GreenStar shines in Seward remodel
by Dan Gordon, The Bridge
New state certification program guides sustainable home construction.
NEW IN VOICES
Debunking the myth of the Alamo
by Dwight Hobbes, Insight News
You needn’t be a census taker to know that Minneapolis and St. Paul contain a considerably large Mexican population.
NEW IN BLOGS
Get to know your Muslim neighbors
by Marcia Lynx Qualey, 2/24/08 • Many Minnesotans—perhaps you, if you’re reading this post—want to better understand their Muslim neighbors.