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All across the country, corporations and the ultra-wealthy are funneling unprecedented amounts of money into our political system. Their goal is to create an unbalanced and unfair economy where wages are as low as possible and profits replace respect for the workers that created them.

Active Ballot Club (ABC) seeks to level the playing field. By bringing together thousands of workers, our political concerns can be amplified to a decibel that is impossible to ignore.

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The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) - Office of Medical Cannabis will review written comments regarding medical cannabis products' label contents at the next laboratory rulemaking advisory committee meeting.

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Where: Edina Public Library, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436

If you are interested in sending in written comments, please do so by 12:00 pm (noon) on February 21, 2017 to Health.Cannabis.Regs@state.mn.us.

From minnpost.com, 2/8/17:  Last Thursday, Feb. 2, a basement hearing room of the State Office Building was packed. The overflow room was overflowing, so a third room had to be opened (and was soon filled too). Starting at 4:09 p.m. the hearing ran till almost 9 p.m. as one testifier after another weighed in on House File 600, an innocuous-sounding restriction on local government authority.  What was this new proposal? And why the passion?

It has only been one month since the beginning of the state legislative session, and a lot has happened in that time — both good and bad. Last week, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that'll provide immediate financial assistance to over 100,000 Minnesotans who cannot afford the prices being charged by Minnesota’s non-profit health insurance companies in the individual market. People buying individual coverage will see a one-time 25% premium reduction for 2017. 

From minnpost.com, 1/30/17:  What do Brau Brothers Brewing Co., Minnesota Rubber and Plastics and Walmart have in common?  They all received subsidies from state or local governments in Minnesota in recent years, along with hundreds of other businesses, according to Good Jobs First, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit that tracks subsidies in an effort to promote government and corporate accountability.  With $250,000 in grants and loans, Marshall helped bring Brau Brothers Brewing into its city limits in 2013 from a nearby town.

From Citizens Trade Campaign, 1/26/17:  President Trump reiterated his intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this week, and already, big corporations are calling it an opportunity to further rewrite the rules in their own narrow interests — padding their pockets to the detriment of working families, the environment and public health just like in the initial NAFTA negotiation. 

The Capitol has been renovated and it is sparkling.  Tours are free and it is the peoples' house, so I wouild encourage all members to check it out.  Yesterday at the MN state house, 100 bills were introduced, and in the MN state senate two dozen bills were introduced.  The bills were a collection on anti-worker intiatives, healthcare reform or dismantling of MNsure, and some social initiatives legislation added to distract people from real issues.

It’s a new year, but House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Republican leaders in Congress are still singing the same old song about gutting Medicare benefits.  A few days ago, The Hill newspaper reported that Ryan and House Republicans are prioritizing the dismantling of health care for millions of Americans—and that includes Medicare.

From marketwatch.com, 1/4/17: There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do — take risks and pay claims. But, of course, these are the essence of their business!  Yet, if they do too much of either, they will go broke, and if they do too little, their customers will find a better policy. This balancing act isn’t too hard if they have a pool sufficient to average out the highs and lows. I speak with some experience as the former CEO of one of these firms.

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