How state lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can’t – USATODAY.com

How state lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can’t – USATODAY.com.

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Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation

The Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation’s blog is now up and running here. Take a peek to learn more about RWMGC’s proposal to keep Mississippi National Golf Links a public course.

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The GOP War on Voting | Rolling Stone Politics

“Voting rights are under attack in America,” Rep. John Lewis, who was brutally beaten in Alabama while marching during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, observed during an impassioned speech on the House floor in July. “There’s a deliberate and systematic attempt to prevent millions of elderly voters, young voters, students, minority and low-income voters from exercising their constitutional right to engage in the democratic process.”

The GOP War on Voting | Rolling Stone Politics.

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CITY 101| How Property Taxes are Calculated

If you want a better understanding of how property taxes are calculated take a look at these great videos prepared by the Richfield City Manager.

CITY 101.

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An Innovative Proposal for Red Wing – a New Public/Private Partnership

Today, the Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation (a non-profit corp.) released its proposal to the city of Red Wing for the management and operation of Mississippi National Golf Links (MNGL). The city of Red Wing is considering selling MNGL in order to address budgetary pressures.

This substantive proposal is an example of the possibilities available to communities searching for new ways to thrive in these challenging economic times. Beyond the obvious financial issues, the potential intangible benefit to communities of such private/public efforts is enormous. An engaged public is what very well may make the difference between those cities that stagnate, too focused on the bottom line, and those cities that embrace change and prosper.

View the proposal here.

As always, your comments are appreciated.


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The Case of the Disappearing Large-Employer Manufacturing Plants: Not Much of a Mystery After All – The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

“Debate about the disappearance of manufacturing jobs in the United States sometimes implies that mysterious forces are at work. But a closer look at recent trends, especially at large-employer plants, reveals no such puzzles. ”

The Case of the Disappearing Large-Employer Manufacturing Plants: Not Much of a Mystery After All – Economic Policy Papers – Publications & Papers | The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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Youth Vote Faces Challenges With Voter ID Legislation | The Nation

Youth Vote Faces Challenges With Voter ID Legislation | The Nation.

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