Your Legislators: April 12

Your Legislators: April 12


>>>THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM IS A
PRODUCTION OF PIONEER PUBLIC PRODUCTION OF PIONEER PUBLIC
TELEVISION. TELEVISION.
“YOUR LEGISLATORS” IS MADE “YOUR LEGISLATORS” IS MADE
POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE GENEROUS POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE GENEROUS
FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF SOUTHERN FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF SOUTHERN
MINNESOTA BEET SUGAR MINNESOTA BEET SUGAR
COOPERATIVE, A HIGHLY COOPERATIVE, A HIGHLY
SUSTAINABLE SHAREHOLDER DRIVEN SUSTAINABLE SHAREHOLDER DRIVEN
COOPERATIVE THAT SAFELY COOPERATIVE THAT SAFELY
PRODUCES, PROCESSES AND MARKETS PRODUCES, PROCESSES AND MARKETS
SUGAR WHILE BEING ENVIRONMENTAL SUGAR WHILE BEING ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDS TO ENSURE FUTURE STEWARDS TO ENSURE FUTURE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ITS OPPORTUNITIES FOR ITS
SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES AND SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES AND
SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT BY MAPE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT BY MAPE
MEMBERS, MAKING MINNESOTA CLEAN MEMBERS, MAKING MINNESOTA CLEAN
WATERS, SAFE COMMUNITIES, WATERS, SAFE COMMUNITIES,
QUALITY EDUCATION AND VETERANS QUALITY EDUCATION AND VETERANS
CARE HAPPEN. CARE HAPPEN.
WE WORK HARD FOR MINNESOTANS. WE WORK HARD FOR MINNESOTANS.
AND BY AFSCME COUNCIL 5, A UNION AND BY AFSCME COUNCIL 5, A UNION
OF 43,000 MEMBERS WHO ADVOCATE OF 43,000 MEMBERS WHO ADVOCATE
FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC
SERVICES, DIGNITY IN THE SERVICES, DIGNITY IN THE
WORKPLACE AND OPPORTUNITY AND WORKPLACE AND OPPORTUNITY AND
PROSPERITY FOR ALL WORKING PROSPERITY FOR ALL WORKING
FAMILIES. FAMILIES.
LIVE FROM ST. PAUL, WE WELCOME LIVE FROM ST. PAUL, WE WELCOME
YOU TO ANOTHER SESSION OF “YOUR YOU TO ANOTHER SESSION OF “YOUR
LEGISLATORS”, A ROUNDTABLE LEGISLATORS”, A ROUNDTABLE
DISCUSSION FEATURING STATE DISCUSSION FEATURING STATE
LAWMAKERS ANSWERING YOUR LAWMAKERS ANSWERING YOUR
QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSING QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSING
IMPORTANT ISSUES, AFFECTING THE IMPORTANT ISSUES, AFFECTING THE
CITIZENS OF MINNESOTA. CITIZENS OF MINNESOTA.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION ONLINE, ON JOIN THE CONVERSATION ONLINE, ON
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NOW, HERE IS YOUR MODERATOR FOR NOW, HERE IS YOUR MODERATOR FOR
TONIGHT’S PROGRAM. TONIGHT’S PROGRAM.
BARRY ANDERSON. BARRY ANDERSON.
>>Barry: GOOD EVENING AND>>Barry: GOOD EVENING AND
WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S VERSION WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S VERSION
OF “YOUR LEGISLATORS”. OF “YOUR LEGISLATORS”.
WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU JOINED US WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU JOINED US
ON THIS PLEASANT THURSDAY ON THIS PLEASANT THURSDAY
EVENING AS WE AWEIGHED MORE SNOW EVENING AS WE AWEIGHED MORE SNOW
IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.
SPRING IS NEARLY HERE. SPRING IS NEARLY HERE.
YOU MAY BE TUNING INTO THIS YOU MAY BE TUNING INTO THIS
PROGRAM THIS EVENING, THINKING PROGRAM THIS EVENING, THINKING
WE ARE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT GREAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT GREAT
NEWS THAT COMES FROM ONE OF OUR NEWS THAT COMES FROM ONE OF OUR
FOUR GUESTS OR PERHAPS THERE FOUR GUESTS OR PERHAPS THERE
WILL BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT AN WILL BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT AN
IMPORTANT STORY THAT WAS IN THE IMPORTANT STORY THAT WAS IN THE
NEWSPAPERS TODAY, AND NO, NO, NEWSPAPERS TODAY, AND NO, NO,
NO. NO.
THE REALLY IMPORTANT STORY IS THE REALLY IMPORTANT STORY IS
LINDSEY WHALEN IS GOING TO BE LINDSEY WHALEN IS GOING TO BE
THE COACH OF THE WOMEN’S GOPHERS THE COACH OF THE WOMEN’S GOPHERS
BASKETBALL TEAM, AN HOUR AND BASKETBALL TEAM, AN HOUR AND
HALF FROM HERE, AND IT’S A GREAT HALF FROM HERE, AND IT’S A GREAT
EVENT FOR THE GOPHERS AND GREAT EVENT FOR THE GOPHERS AND GREAT
EVENT FOR LINDSEY WHALEN. EVENT FOR LINDSEY WHALEN.
WITH THAT DETAIL OUT OF THE WAY, WITH THAT DETAIL OUT OF THE WAY,
GETS GET TO THE SUBJECT MATTER GETS GET TO THE SUBJECT MATTER
AT HAND, WHICH IS THIS AT HAND, WHICH IS THIS
LEGISLATIVE SESSION. LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
THIS IS YOUR PROGRAM, AND WE THIS IS YOUR PROGRAM, AND WE
INVITE YOU TO CALL IN WITH YOUR INVITE YOU TO CALL IN WITH YOUR
QUESTIONS, VIA PHONE, FAX, QUESTIONS, VIA PHONE, FAX,
E-MAIL, AND INSTRUCTIONS OF E-MAIL, AND INSTRUCTIONS OF
WHICH WILL APPEAR ON THE BOTTOM WHICH WILL APPEAR ON THE BOTTOM
OF YOUR TELEVISION SCREEN. OF YOUR TELEVISION SCREEN.
WE WILL SEE THE QUESTIONS GET TO WE WILL SEE THE QUESTIONS GET TO
THE GUESTS AS WE HELP UNRAVEL THE GUESTS AS WE HELP UNRAVEL
THE MYSTERIES OF ST. PAUL. THE MYSTERIES OF ST. PAUL.
WE BEGIN AS WE DO EACH WEEK BY WE BEGIN AS WE DO EACH WEEK BY
INTRODUCING THE PANELISTS TO INTRODUCING THE PANELISTS TO
YOU, AND WE HAVE AN ALL VETERAN YOU, AND WE HAVE AN ALL VETERAN
PROGRAM TONIGHT. PROGRAM TONIGHT.
THEY KIND OF KNOW THE DRILL. THEY KIND OF KNOW THE DRILL.
WE WILL BEGIN, AS WE DO EACH WE WILL BEGIN, AS WE DO EACH
WEEK BY GIVING THEM AN WEEK BY GIVING THEM AN
OPPORTUNITY TO TELL YOU A LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO TELL YOU A LITTLE
BIT ABOUT THEMSELVES. BIT ABOUT THEMSELVES.
FIRST BEEN WITH US MANY TIMES, FIRST BEEN WITH US MANY TIMES,
SENATOR JOHN MARTY, DISTRICT 66 SENATOR JOHN MARTY, DISTRICT 66
ROSEVILLE. ROSEVILLE.
THANKS FOR JOINING US. THANKS FOR JOINING US.
TELL OUR VIEWERS A LITTLE BIT TELL OUR VIEWERS A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT YOURSELF. ABOUT YOURSELF.
>>SURE.>>SURE.
I HAVE BEEN IN THE SENATE FOR I HAVE BEEN IN THE SENATE FOR
QUITE A LONG TIME, THREE QUITE A LONG TIME, THREE
DECADES, AND REPRESENT DECADES, AND REPRESENT
ROSEVILLE, AND RIGHT NOW I ROSEVILLE, AND RIGHT NOW I
HAPPEN TO HAVE A GOOD CHUNG OF HAPPEN TO HAVE A GOOD CHUNG OF
ST. PAUL IN MY DISTRICT AS WELL. ST. PAUL IN MY DISTRICT AS WELL.
I SERVE AS THE DFL LEAD ON THE I SERVE AS THE DFL LEAD ON THE
ENERGY COMMITTEE, AND I HAVE ENERGY COMMITTEE, AND I HAVE
CHAIRED A NUMBER OF COMMITTEES, CHAIRED A NUMBER OF COMMITTEES,
ESPECIALLY ENVIRONMENT AND ESPECIALLY ENVIRONMENT AND
HEALTHCARE IN THE PAST. HEALTHCARE IN THE PAST.
MY WIFE AND I LIVE IN ROSEVILLE, MY WIFE AND I LIVE IN ROSEVILLE,
AND WE HAVE GOT TWO KIDS, ONE OF AND WE HAVE GOT TWO KIDS, ONE OF
WHOM IS GETTING MARRIED A MONTH WHOM IS GETTING MARRIED A MONTH
FROM NOW, AND WE ARE VERY FROM NOW, AND WE ARE VERY
EXCITED ABOUT THAT. EXCITED ABOUT THAT.
>>Barry: ALSO JOINING US>>Barry: ALSO JOINING US
TONIGHT, PERHAPS FOR THE LAST TONIGHT, PERHAPS FOR THE LAST
TIME BECAUSE HE’S RETIRING FROM TIME BECAUSE HE’S RETIRING FROM
THE LEGISLATURE, REPRESENTATIVE THE LEGISLATURE, REPRESENTATIVE
CLARK JOHNSON FROM NORTH CLARK JOHNSON FROM NORTH
MANKATO. MANKATO.
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON, WHATEVER REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON, WHATEVER
POSSESSED YOU TO HANG IT UP AND POSSESSED YOU TO HANG IT UP AND
LEAVE ALL THE EXCITEMENT HERE AT LEAVE ALL THE EXCITEMENT HERE AT
THE CAPITOL? THE CAPITOL?
>>I THINK WHAT HAPPENED IS I>>I THINK WHAT HAPPENED IS I
TURNED 65, AND NEXT JANUARY I TURNED 65, AND NEXT JANUARY I
TURNED 66 1/2, AND THAT’S MY TURNED 66 1/2, AND THAT’S MY
RETIREMENT AGE, AND I’M GOING TO RETIREMENT AGE, AND I’M GOING TO
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.
I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
>>Barry: TELL OUR VIEWERS ABOUT>>Barry: TELL OUR VIEWERS ABOUT
YOURSELF. YOURSELF.
>>I’M IN THE THIRD TERM>>I’M IN THE THIRD TERM
REPRESENTING DISTRICT 19A. REPRESENTING DISTRICT 19A.
I SERVE ON BOTH AGRICULTURE I SERVE ON BOTH AGRICULTURE
COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE AND COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE AND
ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL
RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND ALSO THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND ALSO THE
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.
>>Barry: TELL OUR VIEWERS A>>Barry: TELL OUR VIEWERS A
LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR LIFE LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR LIFE
OUTSIDE THE LEGISLATURE, YOUR OUTSIDE THE LEGISLATURE, YOUR
BACKGROUND. BACKGROUND.
>>I RETIRED A COUPLE YEARS AGO>>I RETIRED A COUPLE YEARS AGO
AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA,
MANKATO AS AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR MANKATO AS AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR
AND PREPARED SOCIAL STUDIES AND PREPARED SOCIAL STUDIES
TEACHERS, AND I’M MARRIED TO TEACHERS, AND I’M MARRIED TO
APRIL JOHNSON, AND WE HAVE BEEN APRIL JOHNSON, AND WE HAVE BEEN
MARRIED FOR 37 YEARS, AND WE MARRIED FOR 37 YEARS, AND WE
HAVE TWO ADULT DAUGHTERS. HAVE TWO ADULT DAUGHTERS.
>>Barry: ALSO JOINING US FROM>>Barry: ALSO JOINING US FROM
WILLMAR, DISTRICT 17B, WILLMAR, DISTRICT 17B,
REPRESENTATIVE DAVE BAKER. REPRESENTATIVE DAVE BAKER.
REPRESENTATIVE BAKER, TELL US A REPRESENTATIVE BAKER, TELL US A
LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
>>I’M IN MY SECOND TERM OF THE>>I’M IN MY SECOND TERM OF THE
TWO-YEAR STINT. TWO-YEAR STINT.
GIVE THE SENATORS A BIT MORE OF GIVE THE SENATORS A BIT MORE OF
A BREAK. A BREAK.
GREAT HOME OF THE BIGGEST TURKEY GREAT HOME OF THE BIGGEST TURKEY
PRODUCER IN THE STATE AND THE PRODUCER IN THE STATE AND THE
NATION, AND MY WIFE MA MARY ANDI NATION, AND MY WIFE MA MARY ANDI
HAVE BEEN MARRIED 32 YEARS, AND HAVE BEEN MARRIED 32 YEARS, AND
ALSO PROUD TO HOST THIS YEAR’S ALSO PROUD TO HOST THIS YEAR’S
MINNESOTA GOVERNOR’S FISHING MINNESOTA GOVERNOR’S FISHING
OPENER. OPENER.
WE ARE PRAYING FOR WARM WEATHER, WE ARE PRAYING FOR WARM WEATHER,
HIGH WINDS AND RAIN TO GET THE HIGH WINDS AND RAIN TO GET THE
LAKE OPENED UP ON GREEN LAKE, LAKE OPENED UP ON GREEN LAKE,
AND WE ARE PROUD TO HOST THAT, AND WE ARE PROUD TO HOST THAT,
AND WE HAVE A COMMUNITY AT AND WE HAVE A COMMUNITY AT
HOMEWORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE HOMEWORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE
THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD YEAR. THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD YEAR.
IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE AGAIN IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE AGAIN
TONIGHT. TONIGHT.
>>Barry: WHAT’S THE SITUATION>>Barry: WHAT’S THE SITUATION
AT GREEN LAKE. AT GREEN LAKE.
>>WE NEED NOT SNOW THIS>>WE NEED NOT SNOW THIS
WEEKEND, WE NEED WARM WEATHER, WEEKEND, WE NEED WARM WEATHER,
BUT OUR LATEST ICE ON THE LAKE BUT OUR LATEST ICE ON THE LAKE
IS MAY EIGHTH. IS MAY EIGHTH.
WE MAY BE KNOCKING ON THAT DOOR. WE MAY BE KNOCKING ON THAT DOOR.
WE NEED IT OPEN BY MAY 12th. WE NEED IT OPEN BY MAY 12th.
>>Barry: FINALLY JOINING US>>Barry: FINALLY JOINING US
FROM LUVERNE DISTRICT 22, FROM LUVERNE DISTRICT 22,
SENATOR BILL WEBER. SENATOR BILL WEBER.
>>I’M A NATIVE OF ROCK COUNTY,>>I’M A NATIVE OF ROCK COUNTY,
AND I REPRESENT SENATE DISTRICT AND I REPRESENT SENATE DISTRICT
22, WHICH CONSISTS OF ALL THE 22, WHICH CONSISTS OF ALL THE
PARTS OF 9 COUNTIES IN THE PARTS OF 9 COUNTIES IN THE
SOUTHWEST CORNER OF MINNESOTA, SOUTHWEST CORNER OF MINNESOTA,
AND I’M SERVING IN MY SECOND AND I’M SERVING IN MY SECOND
TERM, SIXTH SESSION, AND RIGHT TERM, SIXTH SESSION, AND RIGHT
NOW I CHAIR THE SENATE NOW I CHAIR THE SENATE
AGRICULTURE RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGRICULTURE RURAL DEVELOPMENT
AND HOUSING POLICY COMMITTEE AND AND HOUSING POLICY COMMITTEE AND
SERVE ON THE CORRESPONDING SERVE ON THE CORRESPONDING
FINANCE COMMITTEE AND SERVE ON FINANCE COMMITTEE AND SERVE ON
THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL
RESOURCES POLICY COMMITTEE, AND RESOURCES POLICY COMMITTEE, AND
THE VICE CHAIR THERE, AND LEGACY THE VICE CHAIR THERE, AND LEGACY
FINANCE, AND ALSO THE FINANCE, AND ALSO THE
ENVIRONMENT NATURAL RESOURCES ENVIRONMENT NATURAL RESOURCES
FINANCE COMMITTEE, AND CO-CHAIR FINANCE COMMITTEE, AND CO-CHAIR
THE GOP RURAL CAUCUS, AND A THE GOP RURAL CAUCUS, AND A
MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE WATER MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE WATER
COMMISSION. COMMISSION.
IN THE REAL WORLD I’M A REAL IN THE REAL WORLD I’M A REAL
ESTATE BROKER AND APPRAISER, AND ESTATE BROKER AND APPRAISER, AND
OWN JENSEN MANAGEMENT SERVICE IN OWN JENSEN MANAGEMENT SERVICE IN
LUVERNE. LUVERNE.
MY WIFE BARB AND I HAVE TWO MY WIFE BARB AND I HAVE TWO
CHILDREN, LIVE IN THE CITIES, CHILDREN, LIVE IN THE CITIES,
AND THE PROUD GRANDPARENTS OF AND THE PROUD GRANDPARENTS OF
THREE. THREE.
>>Barry: VERY GOOD.>>Barry: VERY GOOD.
LET’S START WITH PERHAPS A LET’S START WITH PERHAPS A
DIFFERENT ANGLE TONIGHT. DIFFERENT ANGLE TONIGHT.
WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF DISCUSSION WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF DISCUSSION
OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, AND OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, AND
WE HAVE OBVIOUSLY SOME WE HAVE OBVIOUSLY SOME
DISCUSSION ABOUT THE BONDING DISCUSSION ABOUT THE BONDING
BILL, AND IF YOU WERE GOING TO BILL, AND IF YOU WERE GOING TO
COME BACK TO BOTH OF THOSE COME BACK TO BOTH OF THOSE
TOPICS BEFORE THE EVENING IS TOPICS BEFORE THE EVENING IS
OUT. OUT.
I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO HEAR I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO HEAR
FROM EACH MEMBER OF THE PANEL, FROM EACH MEMBER OF THE PANEL,
AND AND YOU THINK MIGHT BE OF AND AND YOU THINK MIGHT BE OF
PARTICULAR INTEREST TO OUR PARTICULAR INTEREST TO OUR
VIEWERS, AND LET’S START WITH VIEWERS, AND LET’S START WITH
YOU, SENATOR MARTY, YOU ARE A YOU, SENATOR MARTY, YOU ARE A
VETERAN MEMBER HERE. VETERAN MEMBER HERE.
>>ISSUES, THERE WILL BE PLENTY,>>ISSUES, THERE WILL BE PLENTY,
AND THE DIFFICULTY WE WERE AND THE DIFFICULTY WE WERE
HAVING THIS YEAR, WE DIDN’T HAVE HAVING THIS YEAR, WE DIDN’T HAVE
THAT MANY BILLS HEARD THIS YEAR, THAT MANY BILLS HEARD THIS YEAR,
AND I THINK A LOT OF ISSUES ARE AND I THINK A LOT OF ISSUES ARE
STILL ON THE TABLE. STILL ON THE TABLE.
TODAY WE HAD A BILL ON MOVING TODAY WE HAD A BILL ON MOVING
SOMETHING AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC SOMETHING AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC
UTILITIES COMMISSION, REVIEW OF UTILITIES COMMISSION, REVIEW OF
A PIPELINE THAT HAD ONLY BEEN A PIPELINE THAT HAD ONLY BEEN
INTRODUCED AT THE TIME OF THE INTRODUCED AT THE TIME OF THE
DEADLINES. DEADLINES.
I WAS SURPRISED WE WERE BEING I WAS SURPRISED WE WERE BEING
CONSIDERED AFTER THE DEADLINE. CONSIDERED AFTER THE DEADLINE.
ISSUES, THERE ARE CERTAINLY ISSUES, THERE ARE CERTAINLY
GOING TO BE A LOT OF THEM. GOING TO BE A LOT OF THEM.
I DON’T KNOW IT’S ONES WE ARE I DON’T KNOW IT’S ONES WE ARE
ACTUALLY GOING TO BE VOTING ON. ACTUALLY GOING TO BE VOTING ON.
I’M NOT SURE THAT SOME OF THE I’M NOT SURE THAT SOME OF THE
ISSUES LIKE THE GUN BILLS ARE ISSUES LIKE THE GUN BILLS ARE
GOING TO BE TAKEN UP. GOING TO BE TAKEN UP.
I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED. I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED.
THE ONLY ONES I THINK ARE MOST THE ONLY ONES I THINK ARE MOST
LIKELY ARE THE BONDING AND TAXES LIKELY ARE THE BONDING AND TAXES
THAT YOU MENTIONED. THAT YOU MENTIONED.
I’M SURE THERE ARE GOING TO BE I’M SURE THERE ARE GOING TO BE
SURPRISE ONES COMING UP, BUT I’M SURPRISE ONES COMING UP, BUT I’M
NOT SURE WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO NOT SURE WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO
BE. BE.
>>Barry: REPRESENTATIVE>>Barry: REPRESENTATIVE
JOHNSON, YOUR THOUGHTS. JOHNSON, YOUR THOUGHTS.
>>THE ISSUE I KEEP HEARING>>THE ISSUE I KEEP HEARING
ABOUT AT HOME, AND IT’S BECOME ABOUT AT HOME, AND IT’S BECOME
WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE A CRISIS WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE A CRISIS
IS THE CHILD CARE CRISIS. IS THE CHILD CARE CRISIS.
WE HAVE GONE FROM, I BELIEVE, WE HAVE GONE FROM, I BELIEVE,
OVER 11,000 CHILD CARE PROVIDERS OVER 11,000 CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
TO 8,000 OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TO 8,000 OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF
TIME. TIME.
INCREASINGLY PARENTS ARE NOT INCREASINGLY PARENTS ARE NOT
FINDING A PLACE TO SEND THEIR FINDING A PLACE TO SEND THEIR
KIDS. KIDS.
WHEN THEY DO, THERE’S CHALLENGES WHEN THEY DO, THERE’S CHALLENGES
WITH THE COST AND THAT SORT OF WITH THE COST AND THAT SORT OF
THING, AND PROVIDERS ARE FACING THING, AND PROVIDERS ARE FACING
CHALLENGES WITH THE FINANCES, CHALLENGES WITH THE FINANCES,
AND ALSO WITH SOME RULES THAT AND ALSO WITH SOME RULES THAT
ARE MAKING IT CUMBERSOME TO STAY ARE MAKING IT CUMBERSOME TO STAY
IN BUSINESS, AND THERE’S BEEN A IN BUSINESS, AND THERE’S BEEN A
LOT OF GOOD ACTIVITY IN MY LOT OF GOOD ACTIVITY IN MY
COMMITTEE ON THAT. COMMITTEE ON THAT.
LOOKING AT DIFFERENT WAYS TO LOOKING AT DIFFERENT WAYS TO
SUPPORT FINANCING FOR NEW CHILD SUPPORT FINANCING FOR NEW CHILD
CARE IN THE AREA, AND I’M CARE IN THE AREA, AND I’M
EXCITED ABOUT A BILL THAT’S EXCITED ABOUT A BILL THAT’S
AUTHORED BY SAND STEVE, AND I AUTHORED BY SAND STEVE, AND I
THINK IT WOULD FIT IN A LOT OF THINK IT WOULD FIT IN A LOT OF
COMMUNITIES IN MINNESOTA, AND COMMUNITIES IN MINNESOTA, AND
THE CONCEPT IS TO FOR THE STATE THE CONCEPT IS TO FOR THE STATE
TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY
COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS TO SOLVE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS TO SOLVE
ON A COMMUNITY BASIS. ON A COMMUNITY BASIS.
COLLABORATION COULD BE AMONGST COLLABORATION COULD BE AMONGST
EVERYTHING FROM DAY CARE EVERYTHING FROM DAY CARE
PROVIDERS THEMSELVES TO PROVIDERS THEMSELVES TO
BUSINESSES TO MAYBE HEALTHCARE BUSINESSES TO MAYBE HEALTHCARE
PROVIDERS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE PROVIDERS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE
INTERESTED IN MAKING SURE THAT INTERESTED IN MAKING SURE THAT
AS PART OF THAT COMMUNITY, THEY AS PART OF THAT COMMUNITY, THEY
COULD GET A COMMUNITY SOLUTION COULD GET A COMMUNITY SOLUTION
BUT THE NEED FOR FINANCING COULD BUT THE NEED FOR FINANCING COULD
BE SUPPORTED BY THE STATE. BE SUPPORTED BY THE STATE.
I LIKE THAT APPROACH, AND I HOPE I LIKE THAT APPROACH, AND I HOPE
WE CAN MOVE ON THAT THIS WE CAN MOVE ON THAT THIS
SESSION. SESSION.
>>Barry: REPRESENTATIVE BAKER?>>Barry: REPRESENTATIVE BAKER?
>>A LOT OF ISSUES OUT THERE,>>A LOT OF ISSUES OUT THERE,
AND EXCUSE ME. AND EXCUSE ME.
I THINK THE ONE WE ARE STARTING I THINK THE ONE WE ARE STARTING
TO HEAR ABOUT IS THE SCHOOL TO HEAR ABOUT IS THE SCHOOL
SAFETY BILL. SAFETY BILL.
I KNOW THE REPUBLICANS HAVE COME I KNOW THE REPUBLICANS HAVE COME
OUT LATELY IN THE HOUSE SAYING OUT LATELY IN THE HOUSE SAYING
WE HAVE TO DO MORE FOR THE LOCAL WE HAVE TO DO MORE FOR THE LOCAL
SCHOOLS TO MAKE SURE THEY FEEL SCHOOLS TO MAKE SURE THEY FEEL
SAFE AND SECURE, AND WE DON’T SAFE AND SECURE, AND WE DON’T
WANT TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENED WANT TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENED
ELSEWHERE, AND WE HAVE HAD A ELSEWHERE, AND WE HAVE HAD A
TASTE OF THAT HERE, AND WE NEED TASTE OF THAT HERE, AND WE NEED
TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE BEEFING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE BEEFING
UP OUR SECURITY FOR OUR SCHOOLS, UP OUR SECURITY FOR OUR SCHOOLS,
AND SOMETHING PERSONAL TO ME IS AND SOMETHING PERSONAL TO ME IS
OF COURSE OPIOIDS, AND WE THINK OF COURSE OPIOIDS, AND WE THINK
400 PEOPLE A YEAR IS FAR TOO 400 PEOPLE A YEAR IS FAR TOO
MANY IN MINNESOTA, AND IN FACT MANY IN MINNESOTA, AND IN FACT
WE ARE ONE OF THE BETTER STATES, WE ARE ONE OF THE BETTER STATES,
IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, IN THE IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, IN THE
COUNTRY TO LOSE PEOPLE FROM AN COUNTRY TO LOSE PEOPLE FROM AN
OPIOID OVERDOSE. OPIOID OVERDOSE.
>>Barry: JUST SO OUR VIEWERS>>Barry: JUST SO OUR VIEWERS
DIDN’T MISS THAT, WE HAVE 400 DIDN’T MISS THAT, WE HAVE 400
PEOPLE DYING A YEAR. PEOPLE DYING A YEAR.
>>LAST YEAR FROM OPIOID>>LAST YEAR FROM OPIOID
OVERDOSE. OVERDOSE.
WE PROBABLY HAVE FOUR TIMES THAT WE PROBABLY HAVE FOUR TIMES THAT
MANY OVERDOSE THAT WAS NOT A MANY OVERDOSE THAT WAS NOT A
FATAL OVERDOSE BECAUSE OF THE FATAL OVERDOSE BECAUSE OF THE
MEDICINES THAT WERE GETTING TO MEDICINES THAT WERE GETTING TO
THEM QUICKLY. THEM QUICKLY.
IT’S KILLING OUR FAMILIES AND IT’S KILLING OUR FAMILIES AND
COMMUNITIES FASTER THAN WE HAVE COMMUNITIES FASTER THAN WE HAVE
EVER IMAGINED, AND MORE THAN EVER IMAGINED, AND MORE THAN
GUNS AND AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS, GUNS AND AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS,
AND TO ME, THAT’S AN IMPORTANT AND TO ME, THAT’S AN IMPORTANT
ISSUE, AND REALLY PUSHING OUR ISSUE, AND REALLY PUSHING OUR
CAUCUS FOR NEW CONVERSATIONS CAUCUS FOR NEW CONVERSATIONS
ABOUT NEW IDEAS OF REVENUE WITH ABOUT NEW IDEAS OF REVENUE WITH
THIS THING, BUT WE HAVE TO COME THIS THING, BUT WE HAVE TO COME
UP WITH THE BEST WAY TO MAKE UP WITH THE BEST WAY TO MAKE
REALLY A DIFFERENCE WHEN IT REALLY A DIFFERENCE WHEN IT
COMES TO CHOKING THIS THING OUT, COMES TO CHOKING THIS THING OUT,
BECAUSE I THINK WE ARE VERY BECAUSE I THINK WE ARE VERY
CLOSE TO TURNING THE NUMBERS CLOSE TO TURNING THE NUMBERS
AROUND, AND TO SEE — MY SON AROUND, AND TO SEE — MY SON
PASSED AWAY WITH US SEVEN YEARS PASSED AWAY WITH US SEVEN YEARS
AGO, AND MY COMMUNITY HAS LOST AGO, AND MY COMMUNITY HAS LOST
PEOPLE. PEOPLE.
EVERY THREE OR FOUR MONTHS WE EVERY THREE OR FOUR MONTHS WE
LOSE ANOTHER ONE. LOSE ANOTHER ONE.
A LOT OF GOOD THINGS HAPPENING A LOT OF GOOD THINGS HAPPENING
WITH MEDICAL PROCEDURES. WITH MEDICAL PROCEDURES.
PROVIDERS ARE GETTING ON BOARD, PROVIDERS ARE GETTING ON BOARD,
AND IT’S GETTING BETTER, BUT WE AND IT’S GETTING BETTER, BUT WE
HAVE GOT TO STOP THE KILLING IN HAVE GOT TO STOP THE KILLING IN
THE OVERDOSES. THE OVERDOSES.
THAT TO ME IS A VERY PERSONAL THAT TO ME IS A VERY PERSONAL
ONE, AND I’M GOING TO WORK VERY ONE, AND I’M GOING TO WORK VERY
HARD ON THAT THIS YEAR. HARD ON THAT THIS YEAR.
>>SENATOR WEBER.>>SENATOR WEBER.
>>I WILL REPEAT SOMETHING THAT>>I WILL REPEAT SOMETHING THAT
CLARK SAID, AND THAT’S THE DAY CLARK SAID, AND THAT’S THE DAY
CARE ISSUE. CARE ISSUE.
WE USED TO TALK ABOUT A PRODUCT WE USED TO TALK ABOUT A PRODUCT
WORKFORCE, AND FOR THE LOCAL WORKFORCE, AND FOR THE LOCAL
ECONOMIES, WE HAD A LOT OF ECONOMIES, WE HAD A LOT OF
ISSUES INVOLVING AROUND JOBS ISSUES INVOLVING AROUND JOBS
THEMSELVES AND HOUSING AND THAT THEMSELVES AND HOUSING AND THAT
TYPE OF THING, AND HOUSING IS TYPE OF THING, AND HOUSING IS
STILL IN SHORT SUPPLY IN MANY OF STILL IN SHORT SUPPLY IN MANY OF
THE COMMUNITIES IN RURAL THE COMMUNITIES IN RURAL
MINNESOTA. MINNESOTA.
REALLY DAY CARE HAS REALLY MOVED REALLY DAY CARE HAS REALLY MOVED
UP THE LADDER IN MANY RESPECTS UP THE LADDER IN MANY RESPECTS
AS TO BEING A REAL BARRIER TO AS TO BEING A REAL BARRIER TO
JOB CREATION AND YOUNG FAMILIES JOB CREATION AND YOUNG FAMILIES
COMING INTO OUR COMMUNITIES, AND COMING INTO OUR COMMUNITIES, AND
IT’S GOTTEN TO A POINT WHERE IT’S GOTTEN TO A POINT WHERE
QUITE FRANKLY YOU HAVE TO QUITE FRANKLY YOU HAVE TO
RESERVE YOUR DAY CARE SPOT RESERVE YOUR DAY CARE SPOT
BEFORE CONCEPTION OCCURS. BEFORE CONCEPTION OCCURS.
BUT THE REALITY OF IT IS THIS IS BUT THE REALITY OF IT IS THIS IS
A REAL PROBLEM FOR OUR WORKING A REAL PROBLEM FOR OUR WORKING
FAMILIES, AND YES, THERE ARE FAMILIES, AND YES, THERE ARE
SOME MONETARY ISSUES, AND I KNOW SOME MONETARY ISSUES, AND I KNOW
IN MY LOCAL COMMUNITY THEY HAVE IN MY LOCAL COMMUNITY THEY HAVE
CONSIDERED OPTIONS OF REMODELING CONSIDERED OPTIONS OF REMODELING
THE BUILDING, AND AT THE END OF THE BUILDING, AND AT THE END OF
THE DAY, THERE’S NO MODEL THAT THE DAY, THERE’S NO MODEL THAT
WORKS IN THAT SENSE OF THE WORD. WORKS IN THAT SENSE OF THE WORD.
ALSO FROM OUR IN-HOME DAY CARE ALSO FROM OUR IN-HOME DAY CARE
PROVIDERS, ROCK COUNTY IS A PROVIDERS, ROCK COUNTY IS A
COUNTY OF ROUGHLY 9,000 PEOPLE, COUNTY OF ROUGHLY 9,000 PEOPLE,
AND THEY FIGURE WE ARE SHORT 111 AND THEY FIGURE WE ARE SHORT 111
SPACES. SPACES.
WE HAD WENT FROM 50 SOME WE HAD WENT FROM 50 SOME
PROVIDERS TWO AND A HALF THREE PROVIDERS TWO AND A HALF THREE
YEARS AGO TO 30 SOME PROVIDERS YEARS AGO TO 30 SOME PROVIDERS
TODAY. TODAY.
A LOT OF THAT, YES, THERE’S A LOT OF THAT, YES, THERE’S
DOLLARS AND CENTS OUT THERE THAT DOLLARS AND CENTS OUT THERE THAT
ARE OUT THERE, BUT QUITE FRANKLY ARE OUT THERE, BUT QUITE FRANKLY
RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE INDEED RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE INDEED
PROBLEMATIC. PROBLEMATIC.
WE UNDERSTAND THE SAFETY OF OUR WE UNDERSTAND THE SAFETY OF OUR
CHILDREN IS OF PARAMOUNT CHILDREN IS OF PARAMOUNT
IMPORTANCE, BUT AT THE END OF IMPORTANCE, BUT AT THE END OF
THE DAY SOME OF THE ENFORCEMENT THE DAY SOME OF THE ENFORCEMENT
ISSUES AND THAT TYPE OF THING, ISSUES AND THAT TYPE OF THING,
AND WHAT THEY ARE BEING WRITTEN AND WHAT THEY ARE BEING WRITTEN
UP FOR IS SO MINOR THAT IT’S UP FOR IS SO MINOR THAT IT’S
DRIVING PEOPLE OUT OF THE DRIVING PEOPLE OUT OF THE
BUSINESS AND CREATING A REAL BUSINESS AND CREATING A REAL
HARDSHIP IN OUR COMMUNITIES. HARDSHIP IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
>>WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM A>>WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM A
VIEWER ABOUT HOW OR WHAT IS VIEWER ABOUT HOW OR WHAT IS
HAPPENING WITH STEPS TO IMPROVE HAPPENING WITH STEPS TO IMPROVE
BROADBAND INTERNET GREATER BROADBAND INTERNET GREATER
MINNESOTA. MINNESOTA.
I THINK THE GOVERNOR HAS I THINK THE GOVERNOR HAS
MENTIONED IT A COUPLE OF TIMES, MENTIONED IT A COUPLE OF TIMES,
AND WE DON’T GET MUCH MORE RURAL AND WE DON’T GET MUCH MORE RURAL
THAN ROCK COUNTY. THAN ROCK COUNTY.
MAYBE WE SHOULD START WITH YOU. MAYBE WE SHOULD START WITH YOU.
>>BROADBAND REMAINS AN ISSUE,>>BROADBAND REMAINS AN ISSUE,
AND SOME PEOPLE WANT TO SAY WE AND SOME PEOPLE WANT TO SAY WE
NEED TO THINK ABOUT SATELLITE NEED TO THINK ABOUT SATELLITE
AND WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, AND AND WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, AND
THOSE ARE GREAT THINGS, AND THOSE ARE GREAT THINGS, AND
HOPEFULLY OVER TIME THEY WILL HOPEFULLY OVER TIME THEY WILL
IMPROVE TO A POINT THEY CAN BE IMPROVE TO A POINT THEY CAN BE
APPLICABLE IN MORE AREAS, AND APPLICABLE IN MORE AREAS, AND
YET THE NEED DOES REMAIN FOR IT YET THE NEED DOES REMAIN FOR IT
SO BE IN PLACE, AND TO ACTUALLY SO BE IN PLACE, AND TO ACTUALLY
DO SOME HARD WIRING OUT THERE IN DO SOME HARD WIRING OUT THERE IN
OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR COMMUNITIES.
I DO BELIEVE THAT QUITE FRANKLY I DO BELIEVE THAT QUITE FRANKLY
THE BROADBAND ISSUE IS TO RURAL THE BROADBAND ISSUE IS TO RURAL
MINNESOTA, BUT IT WAS FOR MAN MY MINNESOTA, BUT IT WAS FOR MAN MY
YEARS AGO. YEARS AGO.
I RECENTLY SOLD A PROPERTY TO A I RECENTLY SOLD A PROPERTY TO A
COUPLE THAT — THEY WERE ABLE TO COUPLE THAT — THEY WERE ABLE TO
COME BACK IN THE COMMUNITY COME BACK IN THE COMMUNITY
THINKING AHEAD OF THEIR PARENTS, THINKING AHEAD OF THEIR PARENTS,
AND CARRIED FOR THEM, BUT ALSO AND CARRIED FOR THEM, BUT ALSO
THE FACT THAT THEY COULD HAVE THE FACT THAT THEY COULD HAVE
LIVED IN ANY COMMUNITY THEY LIVED IN ANY COMMUNITY THEY
WANTED AS LONG AS THEY HAD WANTED AS LONG AS THEY HAD
ACCESS TO THAT BROADBAND. ACCESS TO THAT BROADBAND.
THAT, TOO, IS AN IMPORTANT THAT, TOO, IS AN IMPORTANT
ELEMENT, AND AS WE THINK ABOUT ELEMENT, AND AS WE THINK ABOUT
ISSUES OF HEALTHCARE, THAT TYPE ISSUES OF HEALTHCARE, THAT TYPE
OF THING, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE OF THING, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE
THAT QUITE FRANKLY THOSE TYPE OF THAT QUITE FRANKLY THOSE TYPE OF
SERVICES OR AVAILABLE IN ALL OF SERVICES OR AVAILABLE IN ALL OF
MINNESOTA. MINNESOTA.
>>THE ONE METRO LEGISLATOR OUT>>THE ONE METRO LEGISLATOR OUT
THEY’RE, I STRONGLY AGREE WITH THEY’RE, I STRONGLY AGREE WITH
THE IMPORTANCE OF BROADBAND, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BROADBAND, AND
A LOT OF BUSINESSES COULD LOCATE A LOT OF BUSINESSES COULD LOCATE
ANYWHERE AS LONG AS THEY HAVE ANYWHERE AS LONG AS THEY HAVE
THE GOOD BROADBAND ACCESS, AND THE GOOD BROADBAND ACCESS, AND
SURPRISE THE GOVERNOR PUSHED SURPRISE THE GOVERNOR PUSHED
HARD FOR IT AGAIN THIS YEAR, AND HARD FOR IT AGAIN THIS YEAR, AND
I THINK IT’S LIKELY TO CONTINUE I THINK IT’S LIKELY TO CONTINUE
MOVING THAT WAY, AND I THINK WE MOVING THAT WAY, AND I THINK WE
SHOULD MOVE AS AGGRESSIVELY AS SHOULD MOVE AS AGGRESSIVELY AS
WE CAN SO EVERY CORNER OF THE WE CAN SO EVERY CORNER OF THE
STATE HAVE IT, AND SOMETIMES STATE HAVE IT, AND SOMETIMES
PEOPLE HAVE SOME GREAT PROJECT PEOPLE HAVE SOME GREAT PROJECT
THAT’S GOING TO BE THE ECONOMIC THAT’S GOING TO BE THE ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT ENGINE, AND GIVING DEVELOPMENT ENGINE, AND GIVING
PEOPLE THE TOOLS THEY NEED, PEOPLE THE TOOLS THEY NEED,
WHICH BROADBAND IS ONE OF THEM, WHICH BROADBAND IS ONE OF THEM,
I THINK IT WOULD BE A HUGE I THINK IT WOULD BE A HUGE
THING, AND IT GIVES PEOPLE THE THING, AND IT GIVES PEOPLE THE
CHANCE TO WORK THERE. CHANCE TO WORK THERE.
>>YEAH.>>YEAH.
IT’S FUNDAMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE IT’S FUNDAMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE
ANYMORE. ANYMORE.
IT DOES CREATE OPPORTUNITY. IT DOES CREATE OPPORTUNITY.
I HAVE A GRACE IN WADENA COUNTY, I HAVE A GRACE IN WADENA COUNTY,
AND WEST CENTRAL TELEPHONE HAS AND WEST CENTRAL TELEPHONE HAS
BROUGHT FIBEROPTICS IN THE 3500 BROUGHT FIBEROPTICS IN THE 3500
OR SO EXCHANGES. OR SO EXCHANGES.
THE BOY THAT LIVES NEXT DOOR, HE THE BOY THAT LIVES NEXT DOOR, HE
HAS GOT THAT. HAS GOT THAT.
BUT WHAT IF HE’S AN BUT WHAT IF HE’S AN
ENTREPRENEUR? ENTREPRENEUR?
THAT’S ONE MODEL, I THINK, AND THAT’S ONE MODEL, I THINK, AND
IT’S REALLY A GOOD ONE TO LOOK IT’S REALLY A GOOD ONE TO LOOK
AT. AT.
ONE IS IRS FIBER IN WINTHROP. ONE IS IRS FIBER IN WINTHROP.
THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR, I THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR, I
THINK, 6, 8, 10 YEARS NOW, AND THINK, 6, 8, 10 YEARS NOW, AND
THERE JOB HAS BEEN TO CONNECT THERE JOB HAS BEEN TO CONNECT
THE SMALL TOWNS AROUND, THE SMALL TOWNS AROUND,
LAFAYETTES IN MY DISTRICT. LAFAYETTES IN MY DISTRICT.
TOWNS OPTED IN TO JOIN THE TOWNS OPTED IN TO JOIN THE
EFFORT IS THE SUPPORT OF THE EFFORT IS THE SUPPORT OF THE
STATE IN HELPING TO FINANCE THE STATE IN HELPING TO FINANCE THE
INFRASTRUCTURE IS ABSOLUTELY INFRASTRUCTURE IS ABSOLUTELY
VITAL. VITAL.
MY LAST STORY, AS A BUDDY OF MY LAST STORY, AS A BUDDY OF
MINE THAT DOES INTERNATIONAL MINE THAT DOES INTERNATIONAL
CONSTRUCTION, AND UNTIL A COUPLE CONSTRUCTION, AND UNTIL A COUPLE
OF YEARS AGO, HE HAD ACCESS TO OF YEARS AGO, HE HAD ACCESS TO
THE INTERNET AND NEEDED TO THE INTERNET AND NEEDED TO
DOWNLOAD COMPLEX DOCUMENTS, DOWNLOAD COMPLEX DOCUMENTS,
PLANS. PLANS.
FORTUNATELY HE WAS A NIGHT OWL, FORTUNATELY HE WAS A NIGHT OWL,
AND HE COULD DO IT AT 3:00 IN AND HE COULD DO IT AT 3:00 IN
THE MORNING, AND WE WANT TO HAVE THE MORNING, AND WE WANT TO HAVE
THAT SORT OF OPPORTUNITY, AND I THAT SORT OF OPPORTUNITY, AND I
THINK IT REALLY OPENS UP MANY THINK IT REALLY OPENS UP MANY
MORE SORTS OF BUSINESS MORE SORTS OF BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
THAT MAKES THE INVESTMENT WELL THAT MAKES THE INVESTMENT WELL
WORTH IT. WORTH IT.
I HAVE BEEN THE CHIEF AUTHOR OF I HAVE BEEN THE CHIEF AUTHOR OF
THE BROADBAND BILL IN THE HOUSE, THE BROADBAND BILL IN THE HOUSE,
AND THIS YEAR HE’S CARRYING IT AND THIS YEAR HE’S CARRYING IT
FROM GRAND RAPIDS. FROM GRAND RAPIDS.
SHE’S A HIGHER NUMBER THAN THE SHE’S A HIGHER NUMBER THAN THE
GOVERNOR, AND SHE HEARD HER BILL GOVERNOR, AND SHE HEARD HER BILL
TODAY, $51 MILLION IS WHAT SHE’S TODAY, $51 MILLION IS WHAT SHE’S
SHOOTING FOR. SHOOTING FOR.
IT’S A BIG NUMBER. IT’S A BIG NUMBER.
THERE’S A BIG NEED OUT THERE. THERE’S A BIG NEED OUT THERE.
I WOULD SUPPORT IT ON ONE OF THE I WOULD SUPPORT IT ON ONE OF THE
COAUTHORS, AND MAKING SURE WE COAUTHORS, AND MAKING SURE WE
ARE LOOKING AT THE NEWEST ARE LOOKING AT THE NEWEST
TECHNOLOGY. TECHNOLOGY.
WE DID SEE SATELLITE TODAY. WE DID SEE SATELLITE TODAY.
I’M NOT THERE YET WITH I’M NOT THERE YET WITH
SATELLITE. SATELLITE.
A COUPLE YEARS AGO I WASN’T A COUPLE YEARS AGO I WASN’T
THERE WITH WIRELESS EITHER. THERE WITH WIRELESS EITHER.
THINGS ARE IMPROVING AND WE HAVE THINGS ARE IMPROVING AND WE HAVE
TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP THE TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP THE
TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS OPEN. TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS OPEN.
IF SOMETHING COMES UP TO BE THE IF SOMETHING COMES UP TO BE THE
RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME, RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME,
MAYBE IT WILL WORK OUT. MAYBE IT WILL WORK OUT.
I’M A BIG SUPPORTER OF I’M A BIG SUPPORTER OF
BROADBAND, AND WE ARE SEEING BROADBAND, AND WE ARE SEEING
SOME REAL IMPROVEMENTS WITH SOME REAL IMPROVEMENTS WITH
PRIVATE INVESTMENT HERE IN OUR PRIVATE INVESTMENT HERE IN OUR
AREA, AND SOMETHING WE HAVE TO AREA, AND SOMETHING WE HAVE TO
KEEP PUSHING. KEEP PUSHING.
>>IT WAS INTERESTING>>IT WAS INTERESTING
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON WHEN YOU REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON WHEN YOU
MENTIONED CUTTING EDGE MENTIONED CUTTING EDGE
TECHNOLOGY COMING OUT OF TECHNOLOGY COMING OUT OF
WINTHROP, AND HE WILL SAY THE WINTHROP, AND HE WILL SAY THE
FACT MINNESOTA HAS CUTTING EDGE FACT MINNESOTA HAS CUTTING EDGE
TECHNOLOGY IN PLACES THAT MAYBE TECHNOLOGY IN PLACES THAT MAYBE
MOST PEOPLE DON’T EXPECT TO FIND MOST PEOPLE DON’T EXPECT TO FIND
IT. IT.
I HAD THE GREAT FORTUNE TO WORK I HAD THE GREAT FORTUNE TO WORK
WITH FOLKS IN THE TELEPHONE WITH FOLKS IN THE TELEPHONE
COMPANY. COMPANY.
THEY WERE OPERATED BY TELECOM. THEY WERE OPERATED BY TELECOM.
BOTH OF THOSE INSTITUTIONS WERE BOTH OF THOSE INSTITUTIONS WERE
ACTUALLY AHEAD OF SOME OF THE ACTUALLY AHEAD OF SOME OF THE
LARGER METROPOLITAN AREAS, AND LARGER METROPOLITAN AREAS, AND
THERE’S A LOT OF PIECES MOVING THERE’S A LOT OF PIECES MOVING
OUT THERE. OUT THERE.
SO WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM OUR SO WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM OUR
VIEWER IN BRAINERD THAT WANTS TO VIEWER IN BRAINERD THAT WANTS TO
TALK ABOUT A FREQUENT TOPIC, AND TALK ABOUT A FREQUENT TOPIC, AND
THAT IS DOGS AND BODY GRIP TRAP THAT IS DOGS AND BODY GRIP TRAP
REGULATIONS, AND WHAT IS — THIS REGULATIONS, AND WHAT IS — THIS
VIEWER WANTS TO KNOW WHEN IS THE VIEWER WANTS TO KNOW WHEN IS THE
LEGISLATURE GOING TO AT DRESS LEGISLATURE GOING TO AT DRESS
THIS ISSUE? THIS ISSUE?
BECAUSE HE DOESN’T FEEL HE CAN BECAUSE HE DOESN’T FEEL HE CAN
SAFELY HUNT BECAUSE OF THE SAFELY HUNT BECAUSE OF THE
DANGERS OF HIS DOGS. DANGERS OF HIS DOGS.
LET’S START WITH YOU, LET’S START WITH YOU,
REPRESENTATIVE BAKER. REPRESENTATIVE BAKER.
>>I DON’T SIT ON THAT>>I DON’T SIT ON THAT
COMMITTEE, AND I DON’T KNOW A COMMITTEE, AND I DON’T KNOW A
LOT ABOUT THIS. LOT ABOUT THIS.
I DON’T WANT TO WASTE A LOT OF I DON’T WANT TO WASTE A LOT OF
TIME, AND I AM CERTAINLY TIME, AND I AM CERTAINLY
CONCERNED I’M A DOG AND CAT CONCERNED I’M A DOG AND CAT
LOVER, AND WE HAVE TO HAVE GOOD LOVER, AND WE HAVE TO HAVE GOOD
REGULATIONS, AND AGAIN, I DON’T REGULATIONS, AND AGAIN, I DON’T
KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THIS ISSUE TO KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THIS ISSUE TO
HONESTLY TAKE UP TIME. HONESTLY TAKE UP TIME.
>>ANYBODY WANT TO UPDATE US ON>>ANYBODY WANT TO UPDATE US ON
THIS? THIS?
>>I USED TO CARE THE COMMITTEE>>I USED TO CARE THE COMMITTEE
AND VERY MUCH AGREE WITH THE AND VERY MUCH AGREE WITH THE
PERSON, THAT WE NEED TO DO THIS, PERSON, THAT WE NEED TO DO THIS,
BECAUSE THOSE ARE BECAUSE THOSE ARE
INDISCRIMINATE, AND THEY WILL INDISCRIMINATE, AND THEY WILL
KILL DOGS AND CATS, AND THING KILL DOGS AND CATS, AND THING
I’M HEARING THIS YEAR, AND WE I’M HEARING THIS YEAR, AND WE
HAVE BEEN VISITED BY GROUPS THAT HAVE BEEN VISITED BY GROUPS THAT
WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE
HUMANE SOCIETY THINGS, AND ONE HUMANE SOCIETY THINGS, AND ONE
OF THE ISSUES IS PROHIBITING OF THE ISSUES IS PROHIBITING
TRAPPING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY TRAPPING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
UNLESS YOU GET PERMISSION TO DO UNLESS YOU GET PERMISSION TO DO
SO. SO.
BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE
TRAPS, PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO HAVE TRAPS, PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO HAVE
THE DOGS ON THE OWN PROPERTY, THE DOGS ON THE OWN PROPERTY,
BECAUSE POSTING IT, YOU CAN POST BECAUSE POSTING IT, YOU CAN POST
IT, AND NOT SUPPOSED TO DO IT, IT, AND NOT SUPPOSED TO DO IT,
BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE
PERMISSION TO PLACE TRAPS ON PERMISSION TO PLACE TRAPS ON
THAT. THAT.
>>ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT?>>ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT?
I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY, I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY,
YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE
THAT HAS APPROACHED A PROPERTY THAT HAS APPROACHED A PROPERTY
OWNER AND ASKED PERMISSION TO GO OWNER AND ASKED PERMISSION TO GO
ON THEIR PROPERTY, THE IDEA IT ON THEIR PROPERTY, THE IDEA IT
HAS TO BE IN WRITING, I DON’T HAS TO BE IN WRITING, I DON’T
THINK THAT THAT’S PROBABLY THINK THAT THAT’S PROBABLY
TOTALLY REALISTIC AT THE END OF TOTALLY REALISTIC AT THE END OF
THE DAY. THE DAY.
YOU GET THE PERMISSION FROM THE YOU GET THE PERMISSION FROM THE
OWNER IF THE GAME WARDEN HAPPENS OWNER IF THE GAME WARDEN HAPPENS
TO ASK SOMEONE IF THEY HAVE TO ASK SOMEONE IF THEY HAVE
PERMISSION, AND THEY SAY YES, PERMISSION, AND THEY SAY YES,
AND EITHER THEY HAVEN’T SURE AND EITHER THEY HAVEN’T SURE
THEY WANT TO BELIEVE IT, AND THEY WANT TO BELIEVE IT, AND
OBVIOUSLY THEY CAN GO CHECK WITH OBVIOUSLY THEY CAN GO CHECK WITH
THE LANDOWNER AT THAT POINT IN THE LANDOWNER AT THAT POINT IN
TIME. TIME.
I DON’T THINK EXPECT THAT THERE I DON’T THINK EXPECT THAT THERE
WILL BE ANY OF THOSE BILLS WILL BE ANY OF THOSE BILLS
PROBABLY COMING THROUGH THIS PROBABLY COMING THROUGH THIS
YEAR. YEAR.
>>THE BILLS THAT I HAVE SEEN DO>>THE BILLS THAT I HAVE SEEN DO
NOT REQUIRE WRITTEN PERMISSION. NOT REQUIRE WRITTEN PERMISSION.
YOU HAVE JUST GOT TO GET THE YOU HAVE JUST GOT TO GET THE
APPROVAL, WHICH TO ME IS THE BIG APPROVAL, WHICH TO ME IS THE BIG
THING. THING.
IF YOU OWN A PIECE OF PROPERTY IF YOU OWN A PIECE OF PROPERTY
FOR HUNTING, YOU HAVE TO POST IT FOR HUNTING, YOU HAVE TO POST IT
IF YOU WANT NO HUNTING, BUT FOR IF YOU WANT NO HUNTING, BUT FOR
TRAPPING, IT STRIKES ME AS YOU TRAPPING, IT STRIKES ME AS YOU
SHOULD JUST HAVE TO GET SHOULD JUST HAVE TO GET
PERMISSION IF YOU ARE GOING TO PERMISSION IF YOU ARE GOING TO
PUT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DEADLY PUT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DEADLY
TO PEOPLE’S PETS AND EVERYTHING TO PEOPLE’S PETS AND EVERYTHING
ELSE ON SOMEBODY’S HAND, WITH ELSE ON SOMEBODY’S HAND, WITH
NOBODY NEAR IT, SITTING THERE NOBODY NEAR IT, SITTING THERE
HIDING IN EFFECT. HIDING IN EFFECT.
>>I AGREE WITH YOU, JOHN, AND>>I AGREE WITH YOU, JOHN, AND
I’M A LITTLE SURPRISED AND IT’S I’M A LITTLE SURPRISED AND IT’S
ONE OF THOSE ISSUES THAT ONE OF THOSE ISSUES THAT
LINGERS, AND WE HAVEN’T HEARD LINGERS, AND WE HAVEN’T HEARD
ANY BILLS THIS YEAR ON IT, AND ANY BILLS THIS YEAR ON IT, AND
YET I KNOW PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED YET I KNOW PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED
ABOUT IT, AND CONSISTENTLY HEAR ABOUT IT, AND CONSISTENTLY HEAR
COMMENTS LIKE YOUR VIEWER, AND COMMENTS LIKE YOUR VIEWER, AND
SOMETIMES WONDER HOW THAT KEEPS SOMETIMES WONDER HOW THAT KEEPS
LINGERING BECAUSE IT DOES SEEM LINGERING BECAUSE IT DOES SEEM
TO BE IF YOU ARE GOING TO SEND A TO BE IF YOU ARE GOING TO SEND A
TRAP ON MY LAND, I WANT TO GIVE TRAP ON MY LAND, I WANT TO GIVE
YOU PERMISSION FOR THAT. YOU PERMISSION FOR THAT.
I MIGHT ALLOW IT, BUT I THINK I MIGHT ALLOW IT, BUT I THINK
IT’S ONLY APPROPRIATE I HAVE THE IT’S ONLY APPROPRIATE I HAVE THE
RIGHT TO GIVE THE PERMISSION. RIGHT TO GIVE THE PERMISSION.
>>NO ACTION, AT LEAST AT THIS>>NO ACTION, AT LEAST AT THIS
POINT. POINT.
MOVING ON THAT BILL. MOVING ON THAT BILL.
BUT STAY TUNED, THERE’S A MONTH BUT STAY TUNED, THERE’S A MONTH
TO GO. TO GO.
WE HAVE VIEWERS FROM CLEARBROOK, WE HAVE VIEWERS FROM CLEARBROOK,
DODGE CENTER, OTHER PLACES, AND DODGE CENTER, OTHER PLACES, AND
WE ARE ALL CONCERNED ABOUT WE ARE ALL CONCERNED ABOUT
NONCOMPLIANCE FINES AND FEES, NONCOMPLIANCE FINES AND FEES,
AND THIS WAS VERY MUCH IN THE AND THIS WAS VERY MUCH IN THE
NEWS THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, NEWS THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS,
AND MY SENSE IS IT’S AN ISSUE AND MY SENSE IS IT’S AN ISSUE
THAT WAS RESOLVED. THAT WAS RESOLVED.
MAYBE A MEMBER OF OUR PANEL MAYBE A MEMBER OF OUR PANEL
COULD ADVISE OUR VIEWERS WHAT’S COULD ADVISE OUR VIEWERS WHAT’S
GOING ON WITH THAT, AND WHERE IT GOING ON WITH THAT, AND WHERE IT
STANDS. STANDS.
>>WE HAD A JOINT SENATE, JOINT>>WE HAD A JOINT SENATE, JOINT
ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES
AND AG COMMITTEE MEETING ON IT AND AG COMMITTEE MEETING ON IT
YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY.
I BELIEVE THAT THE BOARD WAS I BELIEVE THAT THE BOARD WAS
MEETING AT ROUGHLY 3:00, 3:30 MEETING AT ROUGHLY 3:00, 3:30
THIS AFTERNOON. THIS AFTERNOON.
>>Barry: TELL OUR VIEWERS>>Barry: TELL OUR VIEWERS
EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
SO WE ARE UP TO SPEED ON HOW WE SO WE ARE UP TO SPEED ON HOW WE
GOT TO WHERE WE ARE. GOT TO WHERE WE ARE.
>>THEY REFERRED TO IT AS AN APO>>THEY REFERRED TO IT AS AN APO
THAT WAS OFFERED A POTENTIAL THAT WAS OFFERED A POTENTIAL
FINE IF YOU WERE IN VIOLATION OF FINE IF YOU WERE IN VIOLATION OF
THE BUMPER STRIP ORDINANCE, AND THE BUMPER STRIP ORDINANCE, AND
ACTUALLY WHAT IT CALLED FOR ACTUALLY WHAT IT CALLED FOR
WAS — IT WAS VERY OLD, AND THE WAS — IT WAS VERY OLD, AND THE
WORD NOT WAS CAPITALIZED AND WORD NOT WAS CAPITALIZED AND
UNDERLINED, AND THIS PENALTY UNDERLINED, AND THIS PENALTY
DOES NOT APPLY TO ONLY THE DOES NOT APPLY TO ONLY THE
PROPERTY THAT’S OUT OF PROPERTY THAT’S OUT OF
COMPLIANCE BUT ALSO THE ENTIRETY COMPLIANCE BUT ALSO THE ENTIRETY
OF THE REPAIR AREA THAT IS OF THE REPAIR AREA THAT IS
COVERED. COVERED.
IF YOU HAVE A THOUSAND FEET OF IF YOU HAVE A THOUSAND FEET OF
BUMPER STRIP, AND YOU WERE OUT BUMPER STRIP, AND YOU WERE OUT
OF COMPLIANCE FROM 10-FOOT, YOU OF COMPLIANCE FROM 10-FOOT, YOU
COULD BE FINED FOR THE ENTIRE COULD BE FINED FOR THE ENTIRE
THOUSAND FEET. THOUSAND FEET.
THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS WERE THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS WERE
MANY. MANY.
NO. 1 THEY DON’T HAVE THAT NO. 1 THEY DON’T HAVE THAT
AUTHORITY. AUTHORITY.
THE LEGISLATION THAT WAS PASSED THE LEGISLATION THAT WAS PASSED
AND THERE’S A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF AND THERE’S A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF
$500. $500.
WE HAVE GIVEN CONTROL OF THE WE HAVE GIVEN CONTROL OF THE
BUFFER STRIP LAW TO THE BUFFER STRIP LAW TO THE
COUNTIES, AND IN A PUBLIC COUNTIES, AND IN A PUBLIC
MEETING YESTERDAY AND A PRIVATE MEETING YESTERDAY AND A PRIVATE
MEETING THAT WE HAD WITH THE MEETING THAT WE HAD WITH THE
DIRECTOR ON TUESDAY, WE WERE DIRECTOR ON TUESDAY, WE WERE
VERY IMPLICIT IN OUR STATEMENT VERY IMPLICIT IN OUR STATEMENT
THAT IF WE HAD WANTED THEM TO THAT IF WE HAD WANTED THEM TO
HAVE CONTROL WE WOULD HAVE GIVEN HAVE CONTROL WE WOULD HAVE GIVEN
THEM CONTROL. THEM CONTROL.
CONTROL BELONGS TO THE COUNTY, CONTROL BELONGS TO THE COUNTY,
AND THEY ARE TO QUIT TRYING TO AND THEY ARE TO QUIT TRYING TO
TAKE IT FROM THE COUNTIES. TAKE IT FROM THE COUNTIES.
SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS I SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS I
STATED, IT TOLD US THE OTHER DAY STATED, IT TOLD US THE OTHER DAY
AT THE BOARD MEETING THAT APO AT THE BOARD MEETING THAT APO
WOULD BE WITHDRAWN, AND WE WOULD WOULD BE WITHDRAWN, AND WE WOULD
NOT SEE THAT AGAIN. NOT SEE THAT AGAIN.
I THINK THE PUBLIC MADE I THINK THE PUBLIC MADE
THEMSELVES VERY CLEAR AS WELL AS THEMSELVES VERY CLEAR AS WELL AS
THE LEGISLATORS. THE LEGISLATORS.
>>Barry: I THINK THE GOVERNOR>>Barry: I THINK THE GOVERNOR
ALSO SPOKEN IN FAVOR OF IT. ALSO SPOKEN IN FAVOR OF IT.
>>YES, HE HAS.>>YES, HE HAS.
>>ANYTHING ELSE PEOPLE WANT TO>>ANYTHING ELSE PEOPLE WANT TO
COVER? COVER?
>>ONE OF THE POINTS I WANT TO>>ONE OF THE POINTS I WANT TO
MAKE IS THE DIRECTOR OF BOWSER MAKE IS THE DIRECTOR OF BOWSER
IS A STAND UP GUY, AND TOOK FULL IS A STAND UP GUY, AND TOOK FULL
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SAID WE RESPONSIBILITIES AND SAID WE
MADE A MISTAKE. MADE A MISTAKE.
YOU KNOW, I LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU KNOW, I LOOK IN THE MIRROR
IN THE MORNING, AND I SEE A GUY IN THE MORNING, AND I SEE A GUY
THAT ALSO MAKES MISTAKES, AND I THAT ALSO MAKES MISTAKES, AND I
THINK IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE THINK IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE
PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO’LL STAND UP PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO’LL STAND UP
AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, AND THEY AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, AND THEY
REPAIRED IT IMMEDIATELY. REPAIRED IT IMMEDIATELY.
THE KEY THING ON THE BUFFERS, THE KEY THING ON THE BUFFERS,
AND I LIVE IN FARM COUNTRY, IS AND I LIVE IN FARM COUNTRY, IS
THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT PENALTIES, THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT PENALTIES,
IT’S NOT ABOUT PUNISHMENT. IT’S NOT ABOUT PUNISHMENT.
IT’S REALLY ABOUT COMPLIANCE AND IT’S REALLY ABOUT COMPLIANCE AND
MAKING SURE WE ARE SUPPORTING MAKING SURE WE ARE SUPPORTING
FARMERS TO COMPLY. FARMERS TO COMPLY.
THEY ARE. THEY ARE.
98% OF THE BUFFERS THAT ARE 98% OF THE BUFFERS THAT ARE
REQUIRED ARE IN. REQUIRED ARE IN.
I THINK THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT I THINK THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT
OUR FARMERS. OUR FARMERS.
OUR FARMERS ARE PARTNERS IN OUR FARMERS ARE PARTNERS IN
PROVIDING CLEAN WATER, AND PROVIDING CLEAN WATER, AND
THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF GIVE AND THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF GIVE AND
TAKE HOW TO DO IT. TAKE HOW TO DO IT.
REPRESENTATIVE TORKELSON DID A REPRESENTATIVE TORKELSON DID A
NICE JOB IN MARSHALING THAT NICE JOB IN MARSHALING THAT
BILL, AND MAKING SURE FARMERS BILL, AND MAKING SURE FARMERS
WERE HEARD, AND WE HAVE TO WERE HEARD, AND WE HAVE TO
CONTINUE WITH THE PROCESS, AND CONTINUE WITH THE PROCESS, AND
MINNESOTANS WARRANT CLEANER MINNESOTANS WARRANT CLEANER
WATER, AND THEY CAN BE GOOD WATER, AND THEY CAN BE GOOD
PARTNERS AND ARE GOOD PARTNERS. PARTNERS AND ARE GOOD PARTNERS.
>>IT’S A GOOD THING YOU>>IT’S A GOOD THING YOU
MENTIONED THAT, BECAUSE WHAT I MENTIONED THAT, BECAUSE WHAT I
DIDN’T SEE IS MNLARS STEPPING UP DIDN’T SEE IS MNLARS STEPPING UP
AND ADMITTING THERE WAS A AND ADMITTING THERE WAS A
MISTAKE. MISTAKE.
THEY MADE MISPLAYS, AND DENIED THEY MADE MISPLAYS, AND DENIED
IT AND DEFENDED IT FOR WHAT? IT AND DEFENDED IT FOR WHAT?
FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS, AND WHEN AN FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS, AND WHEN AN
AGENCY MAKES A MISTAKE, IT’S ALL AGENCY MAKES A MISTAKE, IT’S ALL
RIGHT TO SAY WE ARE SORRY AND RIGHT TO SAY WE ARE SORRY AND
MOVE ON. MOVE ON.
WE ARE ALL HUMAN. WE ARE ALL HUMAN.
WE HAVE BEEN BATTLING THAT IN WE HAVE BEEN BATTLING THAT IN
OUR FINANCE TRANSPORTATION OUR FINANCE TRANSPORTATION
COMMITTEE THAT WE SIT ON, AND IT COMMITTEE THAT WE SIT ON, AND IT
ALL BEGAN BECAUSE AGENCIES SAID ALL BEGAN BECAUSE AGENCIES SAID
WE REALLY DID MISTAKES EARLY ON. WE REALLY DID MISTAKES EARLY ON.
>>Barry: ALL I SAY ABOUT THAT>>Barry: ALL I SAY ABOUT THAT
POINT IS THE BUSINESS ABOUT NONE POINT IS THE BUSINESS ABOUT NONE
OF US BEING PERFECT. OF US BEING PERFECT.
THAT WILL BE OUR THEOLOGICAL THAT WILL BE OUR THEOLOGICAL
POINT OF THE DAY. POINT OF THE DAY.
>>MENTIONED ABOUT THE>>MENTIONED ABOUT THE
COMPLIANCY OF THE FARMERS, IN MY COMPLIANCY OF THE FARMERS, IN MY
PROFESSION, I’M A REAL ESTATE PROFESSION, I’M A REAL ESTATE
APPRAISER BY TRADE, AND THE ONE APPRAISER BY TRADE, AND THE ONE
THING THAT NOBODY EVER WANTS TO THING THAT NOBODY EVER WANTS TO
TALK ABOUT AND QUITE FRANKLY WE TALK ABOUT AND QUITE FRANKLY WE
DO NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT, I DO NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT, I
RECENTLY APP APPRAISED A SECTION RECENTLY APP APPRAISED A SECTION
THAT’S GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO THAT’S GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO
HAVE FOUR OR FIVE ACRES OF HAVE FOUR OR FIVE ACRES OF
BUFFER STRIP. BUFFER STRIP.
AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT FARM AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT FARM
IS NOW WORTH APPROXIMATELY IS NOW WORTH APPROXIMATELY
$25,000 LESS THAN IT WAS WITHOUT $25,000 LESS THAN IT WAS WITHOUT
THAT LAND BEING OCCUPIED BY THAT LAND BEING OCCUPIED BY
BUFFER STRIPS, AND I’M NOT A BUFFER STRIPS, AND I’M NOT A
LAWYER, BUT IN THE APPRAISAL LAWYER, BUT IN THE APPRAISAL
BUSINESS WE CONSIDER THAT BUSINESS WE CONSIDER THAT
INVERSE CONDEMNATION. INVERSE CONDEMNATION.
WE HAVE TAKEN PEOPLE’S PROPERTY WE HAVE TAKEN PEOPLE’S PROPERTY
WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION
BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO
PUT THIS STRIP IN THE CRP PUT THIS STRIP IN THE CRP
PROGRAM, AND I DO THINK THAT WE PROGRAM, AND I DO THINK THAT WE
HAVE VIOLATED PROPERTY RIGHTS HAVE VIOLATED PROPERTY RIGHTS
OUT THERE WITH THIS LAW, AND I OUT THERE WITH THIS LAW, AND I
DO THINK AT SOME POINT WE ARE DO THINK AT SOME POINT WE ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO STAND UP, ADMIT GOING TO HAVE TO STAND UP, ADMIT
THAT AND DEAL WITH IT. THAT AND DEAL WITH IT.
>>Barry: BUT THAT’S NOT LIKELY>>Barry: BUT THAT’S NOT LIKELY
TO BE THIS SESSION. TO BE THIS SESSION.
>>NOT THIS SESSION.>>NOT THIS SESSION.
>>Barry: LET’S MOVE ON WITH THE>>Barry: LET’S MOVE ON WITH THE
MORE URBAN ORIENTED QUESTION, MORE URBAN ORIENTED QUESTION,
BUT IT’S A QUESTION THAT AFFECTS BUT IT’S A QUESTION THAT AFFECTS
GREATER MINNESOTA AS WELL. GREATER MINNESOTA AS WELL.
WE HAVE A VIEWER FROM ST. PAUL WE HAVE A VIEWER FROM ST. PAUL
PARK AND A VIEWER CONCERNED PARK AND A VIEWER CONCERNED
ABOUT TRANSIT ISSUES, AND ABOUT TRANSIT ISSUES, AND
WHETHER OR NOT MONIES WILL BE WHETHER OR NOT MONIES WILL BE
AVAILABLE FOR TRANSIT, PERHAPS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSIT, PERHAPS
SOME PART OF THE GAS TAX OR SOME PART OF THE GAS TAX OR
OTHER PROVISION. OTHER PROVISION.
LET’S START WITH YOU, SENATOR LET’S START WITH YOU, SENATOR
MARTY, AND YOU TALKED ABOUT MARTY, AND YOU TALKED ABOUT
TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION. TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION.
>>I’M NOT THE TRANSPORTATION>>I’M NOT THE TRANSPORTATION
EXPERT AND DON’T SERVE ON THE EXPERT AND DON’T SERVE ON THE
COMMITTEE, BUT I THINK WE HAVE A COMMITTEE, BUT I THINK WE HAVE A
REAL SHORTAGE OF CRISIS IN TERMS REAL SHORTAGE OF CRISIS IN TERMS
OF TRANSIT FUNDING, AND I OF TRANSIT FUNDING, AND I
ACTUALLY THINK THE SMARTEST WAY ACTUALLY THINK THE SMARTEST WAY
TO ADDRESS IT WOULD BE TO PUT TO ADDRESS IT WOULD BE TO PUT
MORE MONEY INTO TRANSIT, TO BUY MORE MONEY INTO TRANSIT, TO BUY
DOWN TRANSIT FARES, AND THE DOWN TRANSIT FARES, AND THE
LOWER THE FARES ARE, PEOPLE DO LOWER THE FARES ARE, PEOPLE DO
IT IN SMALL GRUNT TRANSIT AND IT IN SMALL GRUNT TRANSIT AND
GREATER MINNESOTA, AND THE METRO GREATER MINNESOTA, AND THE METRO
AREA, AND IF YOU DROP TRANSIT AREA, AND IF YOU DROP TRANSIT
FARES TO 50% OR 25 CENTS A FARES TO 50% OR 25 CENTS A
PERSON, YOU WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY PERSON, YOU WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY
CUT THE OVERALL PER RIDE BECAUSE CUT THE OVERALL PER RIDE BECAUSE
SO MANY MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE SO MANY MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE
TAKING IT, AND THEY WOULD GET TAKING IT, AND THEY WOULD GET
MORE CARS OFF THE ROAD AND SO MORE CARS OFF THE ROAD AND SO
ON, AND WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT ON, AND WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT
NOW IS STARVING THE TRANSIT NOW IS STARVING THE TRANSIT
SYSTEM, AND AS A RESULT, WE ARE SYSTEM, AND AS A RESULT, WE ARE
GETTING VIEWER RIDERS. GETTING VIEWER RIDERS.
TRANSPORTATION FUNDING HAS TO BE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING HAS TO BE
A PACKAGE OF TRANSIT AND ROADS, A PACKAGE OF TRANSIT AND ROADS,
AND WE HAVE URGENT NEEDS IN AND WE HAVE URGENT NEEDS IN
BOTH, AND AGAIN, I’M NOT A BIG BOTH, AND AGAIN, I’M NOT A BIG
FAN OF THE PROPOSAL TO FAN OF THE PROPOSAL TO
CONSTITUTIONALLY DEDICATE MORE CONSTITUTIONALLY DEDICATE MORE
FUNDING TO TRANSPORTATION, FUNDING TO TRANSPORTATION,
THAT’S WHAT WE AS LEGISLATORS THAT’S WHAT WE AS LEGISLATORS
SHOULD DO. SHOULD DO.
I HAVE BEEN IN FAVOR OF A GAS I HAVE BEEN IN FAVOR OF A GAS
TAX INCREASE, BECAUSE I THINK WE TAX INCREASE, BECAUSE I THINK WE
NEED TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO OUR NEED TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO OUR
ROADS AND TRANSPORTATION ROADS AND TRANSPORTATION
INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT PRETENDING INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT PRETENDING
WE ARE GOING TO TAKE IT OUT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE IT OUT
SOMEWHERE ELSE AND IT’S MONEY WE SOMEWHERE ELSE AND IT’S MONEY WE
CAN JUST DO, I GUESS I HAVE BEEN CAN JUST DO, I GUESS I HAVE BEEN
AN OPPONENT OF DEDICATING MORE AN OPPONENT OF DEDICATING MORE
AND MORE FUNDS, WHICH WE SEEM TO AND MORE FUNDS, WHICH WE SEEM TO
DO ALL THE TIME. DO ALL THE TIME.
>>I’M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF>>I’M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF
TRANSIT, AND LAST YEAR I RODE TRANSIT, AND LAST YEAR I RODE
THE TRAIN OVER HERE, AND TONIGHT THE TRAIN OVER HERE, AND TONIGHT
I WAS SUPPOSED TO DRIVE. I WAS SUPPOSED TO DRIVE.
>>Barry: THEN YOU HAD ACTO>>Barry: THEN YOU HAD ACTO
HASSLE WITH THE PARKING. HASSLE WITH THE PARKING.
>>I DON’T KNOW IF I CAME OUT>>I DON’T KNOW IF I CAME OUT
AHEAD. AHEAD.
IN MY AREA, IN GREATER MINNESOTA IN MY AREA, IN GREATER MINNESOTA
BUT ALSO HERE IN THE CITIES, BUT ALSO HERE IN THE CITIES,
TRANSIT IS REALLY CRITICAL, AND TRANSIT IS REALLY CRITICAL, AND
I WILL START WITH MY END. I WILL START WITH MY END.
ONE OF THE THINGS I’M EXCITED ONE OF THE THINGS I’M EXCITED
ABOUT THE CITY OF MANKATO, WHEN ABOUT THE CITY OF MANKATO, WHEN
THEY ARE LOOKING AT TRANSIT, THEY ARE LOOKING AT TRANSIT,
THEY ARE LOOKING AT IT IN THE THEY ARE LOOKING AT IT IN THE
SAME CONTEXT AS HOUSING, AND SAME CONTEXT AS HOUSING, AND
THEY ARE TRYING TO SEE WHERE THEY ARE TRYING TO SEE WHERE
THEY WORK THE TWO TOGETHER, AND THEY WORK THE TWO TOGETHER, AND
THAT MAKES REALLY GOOD SENSE. THAT MAKES REALLY GOOD SENSE.
THEY ARE DEVELOPING A NEW THEY ARE DEVELOPING A NEW
PROPOSAL FOR HOUSING FOR PEOPLE PROPOSAL FOR HOUSING FOR PEOPLE
WHO ARE HAVING TROUBLE AFFORDING WHO ARE HAVING TROUBLE AFFORDING
HOUSING, AND PEOPLE COMING OUT HOUSING, AND PEOPLE COMING OUT
OF DRUG COURT AND HAVING TROUBLE OF DRUG COURT AND HAVING TROUBLE
FINDING HOUSING. FINDING HOUSING.
RIGHT IN AN AREA THAT WILL GOOD RIGHT IN AN AREA THAT WILL GOOD
TRANSIT, ACCESS TO SCHOOLS AND TRANSIT, ACCESS TO SCHOOLS AND
SHOPPING. SHOPPING.
AND IT’S REALLY A FORWARD AND IT’S REALLY A FORWARD
LOOKING IDEA. LOOKING IDEA.
WE ARE SEEING MAJOR EFFORTS IN WE ARE SEEING MAJOR EFFORTS IN
OUR REGION TO BEEF UP THE RURAL OUR REGION TO BEEF UP THE RURAL
TRANSIT. TRANSIT.
PEOPLE NEED IT IN RURAL PEOPLE NEED IT IN RURAL
MINNESOTA. MINNESOTA.
ALSO AS A RURAL LEGISLATOR, WE ALSO AS A RURAL LEGISLATOR, WE
NEED A VIBRANT METROPOLITAN NEED A VIBRANT METROPOLITAN
AREA, AND WE NEED YOUNG PEOPLE, AREA, AND WE NEED YOUNG PEOPLE,
AND LOOKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND LOOKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY,
THE VIBRANT CITIES HAVE GOOD THE VIBRANT CITIES HAVE GOOD
TRANSIT. TRANSIT.
THIS CITY HAS TO COMPETE WITH THIS CITY HAS TO COMPETE WITH
THAT. THAT.
THAT BENEFITS THE ENTIRE STATE. THAT BENEFITS THE ENTIRE STATE.
AND WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE SURE WE AND WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE SURE WE
HAVE A STRONG PROGRAM. HAVE A STRONG PROGRAM.
I’M VERY WILLING TO KEEP I’M VERY WILLING TO KEEP
SUPPORTING THAT. SUPPORTING THAT.
AND I HAVE A LOT OF EMPLOYEES AND I HAVE A LOT OF EMPLOYEES
THAT TRUST AND RIDE THAT TRANSIT THAT TRUST AND RIDE THAT TRANSIT
LINE AND I THINK IT’S A VERY LINE AND I THINK IT’S A VERY
IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THAT. IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THAT.
WE WERE HAVING THE DEBATE ABOUT WE WERE HAVING THE DEBATE ABOUT
HE WRITES FROM BIG LAKE TO NORTH HE WRITES FROM BIG LAKE TO NORTH
MINNEAPOLIS, OR ST. PAUL ON THE MINNEAPOLIS, OR ST. PAUL ON THE
NORTH STAR LINE, AND HOW MUCH WE NORTH STAR LINE, AND HOW MUCH WE
SUBSIDIZE THAT EVERY YEAR, AND SUBSIDIZE THAT EVERY YEAR, AND
THE KEY THAT I GET CONCERNED THE KEY THAT I GET CONCERNED
ABOUT IS HOW MUCH WE ARE ABOUT IS HOW MUCH WE ARE
SUBSIDIZING CERTAIN LINES AT THE SUBSIDIZING CERTAIN LINES AT THE
EXPENSE OF OTHERS, AND THERE’S A EXPENSE OF OTHERS, AND THERE’S A
REAL FINE LINE, AND TO ME WE REAL FINE LINE, AND TO ME WE
HAVE TO FIND THAT RIGHT POINT, HAVE TO FIND THAT RIGHT POINT,
AND I WOULD BE CONCERNED OF AND I WOULD BE CONCERNED OF
LOWERING THE PRICES, LIGHT RAIL LOWERING THE PRICES, LIGHT RAIL
PRODUCTS, BUT WE HAVE GOT TO PRODUCTS, BUT WE HAVE GOT TO
FIND SOME REVENUE THAT WOULD FIND SOME REVENUE THAT WOULD
SUPPORT THAT SYSTEM. SUPPORT THAT SYSTEM.
I’M CONCERNED ABOUT EXPANDING I’M CONCERNED ABOUT EXPANDING
ONLY BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WE ONLY BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WE
WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT MODEL TO WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT MODEL TO
MAKE SURE WHAT CURRENTLY EXISTS MAKE SURE WHAT CURRENTLY EXISTS
TO SET UP THE LONG HALL HAUL. TO SET UP THE LONG HALL HAUL.
TRANSIT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF TRANSIT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF
YOUR LIFE, AND A HEALTHY AREA IS YOUR LIFE, AND A HEALTHY AREA IS
GOOD FOR RURAL MINNESOTA, AND AS GOOD FOR RURAL MINNESOTA, AND AS
A BUSINESS GUY, AND AS A BALANCE A BUSINESS GUY, AND AS A BALANCE
THERE, WE HAVE GOT TO FIND SO THERE, WE HAVE GOT TO FIND SO
FOLKS LIKE SENATOR HOFFMAN MAKES FOLKS LIKE SENATOR HOFFMAN MAKES
LOTS OF MONEY AND DOESN’T HAVE LOTS OF MONEY AND DOESN’T HAVE
TO BE SUBSIDIZED. TO BE SUBSIDIZED.
ANYWAY. ANYWAY.
>>Barry: I JUST SAW SENATOR>>Barry: I JUST SAW SENATOR
HOFFMAN, ONE OF THE COURT HOFFMAN, ONE OF THE COURT
APPEARANCES AT ONE OF THE AREA APPEARANCES AT ONE OF THE AREA
HIGH SCHOOLS. HIGH SCHOOLS.
I WILL HAVE TO RELAY THE I WILL HAVE TO RELAY THE
MESSAGE. MESSAGE.
SENATOR WEBER, TRANSIT. SENATOR WEBER, TRANSIT.
>>WELL, I HAVE NEVER SERVED ON>>WELL, I HAVE NEVER SERVED ON
ANY OF THE TRANSPORTATION. ANY OF THE TRANSPORTATION.
I WILL SAY THIS, THAT I THINK I WILL SAY THIS, THAT I THINK
QUITE FRANKLY THAT THERE IS SOME QUITE FRANKLY THAT THERE IS SOME
QUESTION AS TO THE CURRENT QUESTION AS TO THE CURRENT
SYSTEM, QUITE FRANKLY HOW IT’S SYSTEM, QUITE FRANKLY HOW IT’S
OPERATED, TO THE LEVEL OF OPERATED, TO THE LEVEL OF
SUBSIDY, AND NOT CONVINCED THAT SUBSIDY, AND NOT CONVINCED THAT
LOWERING THE FEE WILL MAKE THE LOWERING THE FEE WILL MAKE THE
DIFFERENCE. DIFFERENCE.
I SEE IT NOW WHEN I TRAVEL I SEE IT NOW WHEN I TRAVEL
DOWNTOWN TO GET TO WORK AT THE DOWNTOWN TO GET TO WORK AT THE
CAPITAL AND SEE SO RELATIVELY CAPITAL AND SEE SO RELATIVELY
FEW PEOPLE THAT AT SOME INTEGRAL FEW PEOPLE THAT AT SOME INTEGRAL
TIMES, AND AT LEAST IN THE SAME TIMES, AND AT LEAST IN THE SAME
AREA, THAT I HAVE ALWAYS AREA, THAT I HAVE ALWAYS
QUESTIONED ITS VIABILITY. QUESTIONED ITS VIABILITY.
INGLES IN SOME OF THE AREAS WE INGLES IN SOME OF THE AREAS WE
HAVE TALKED ABOUT EXPANSION, AND HAVE TALKED ABOUT EXPANSION, AND
I SEE A LOT OF DISAGREEMENT I SEE A LOT OF DISAGREEMENT
WITHIN THE SUBURBAN AREAS AND WITHIN THE SUBURBAN AREAS AND
THE PROPOSED ROUTES. THE PROPOSED ROUTES.
I THINK THAT THAT CONSTITUTES A I THINK THAT THAT CONSTITUTES A
PROBLEM FOR IT. PROBLEM FOR IT.
WE CAN TALK ABOUT GAS TAX WE CAN TALK ABOUT GAS TAX
INCREASING, AND FIRST COUPLE INCREASING, AND FIRST COUPLE
YEARS, IF WE HAD TO INCREASE YEARS, IF WE HAD TO INCREASE
THIS AMOUNT AND BE ABLE TO TAKE THIS AMOUNT AND BE ABLE TO TAKE
CARE OF ALL THE ISSUES. CARE OF ALL THE ISSUES.
NO, WE WON’T. NO, WE WON’T.
ACTUALLY LAST TIME THERE WAS A ACTUALLY LAST TIME THERE WAS A
GAS TAX INCREASE, EVERYONE IS GAS TAX INCREASE, EVERYONE IS
BACK ASKING FOR ONE TWO YEARS BACK ASKING FOR ONE TWO YEARS
LATER, AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH LATER, AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH
THE ISSUES THAT ARE OUT THERE, THE ISSUES THAT ARE OUT THERE,
AND WE DO HAVE MORE AND WE DO HAVE MORE
CONSERVATION, AND WE ARE CONSERVATION, AND WE ARE
ACHIEVING BETTER GAS MILEAGE, ACHIEVING BETTER GAS MILEAGE,
AND SO WE — SOMETIMES IT’S LIKE AND SO WE — SOMETIMES IT’S LIKE
A LOSING BATTLE. A LOSING BATTLE.
WE CONTINUE TO TACKLE SOMETHING WE CONTINUE TO TACKLE SOMETHING
THAT IN MANY RESPECTS IS THAT IN MANY RESPECTS IS
SHRINKING IN TERMS OF THE BASE, SHRINKING IN TERMS OF THE BASE,
BECAUSE OF THE GALLONS THAT WE BECAUSE OF THE GALLONS THAT WE
SELL, AND SO I WAS IN FAVOR OF SELL, AND SO I WAS IN FAVOR OF
PUTTING THOSE SALES TAX REVENUES PUTTING THOSE SALES TAX REVENUES
ON AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS INTO THE ON AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS INTO THE
MIX, AND THROUGH THE TRNGS PLAN MIX, AND THROUGH THE TRNGS PLAN
LAST YEAR, THE BUDGET AND THE LAST YEAR, THE BUDGET AND THE
BONDING, WE WERE ABLE TO PUT THE BONDING, WE WERE ABLE TO PUT THE
MOST MONEY WE HAVE IN MANY YEARS MOST MONEY WE HAVE IN MANY YEARS
INTO THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM INTO THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
AND OBVIOUSLY THERE’S A LONG AND OBVIOUSLY THERE’S A LONG
WAYS TO GO. WAYS TO GO.
AS I MAKE THAT FOUR-HOUR TRIP AS I MAKE THAT FOUR-HOUR TRIP
TWICE A WEEK FROM W LUVERNE TO . TWICE A WEEK FROM W LUVERNE TO .
PAUL, I THINK I’M LEARNING WHAT PAUL, I THINK I’M LEARNING WHAT
TO DODGE WHEN AS FAR AS THE TO DODGE WHEN AS FAR AS THE
POTHOLES. POTHOLES.
>>WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM>>WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM
STERNS COUNTY, WANTS TO TALK STERNS COUNTY, WANTS TO TALK
ABOUT POTENTIAL ABUSE IN THE ABOUT POTENTIAL ABUSE IN THE
NURSING HOME SITUATIONS, NURSING HOME SITUATIONS,
RESEARCHES A HOUSE BILL 3308. RESEARCHES A HOUSE BILL 3308.
THIS HAS BEEN A TOPIC IN THE THIS HAS BEEN A TOPIC IN THE
HOUSE AND SENATE. HOUSE AND SENATE.
MAYBE WE WILL START WITH YOU, MAYBE WE WILL START WITH YOU,
REPRESENTATIVE BAKER. REPRESENTATIVE BAKER.
>>DEB KILO IS CARRYING THAT>>DEB KILO IS CARRYING THAT
BILL, VERY GOOD INFORMATION BILL, VERY GOOD INFORMATION
COMING FORWARD. COMING FORWARD.
WE HAVE HAD HEART BREAKING WE HAVE HAD HEART BREAKING
STORIES, AND THIS IS A SERIOUS STORIES, AND THIS IS A SERIOUS
ISSUE THAT WE HAVE GOT TO DEAL ISSUE THAT WE HAVE GOT TO DEAL
WITH LIKE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN WITH LIKE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN
BEFORE. BEFORE.
I DIDN’T REALIZE SOME OF THE I DIDN’T REALIZE SOME OF THE
ASSISTED LIVING HOMES DIDN’T ASSISTED LIVING HOMES DIDN’T
HAVE THE LICENSING OR THE HAVE THE LICENSING OR THE
REGISTRATION THAT I ASSUME THEY REGISTRATION THAT I ASSUME THEY
DID. DID.
SO WE NEED TO WORK ON THAT, BUT SO WE NEED TO WORK ON THAT, BUT
I THINK REPRESENTATIVE KILO’S I THINK REPRESENTATIVE KILO’S
BILL DIVES INTO WHAT IS MISSING, BILL DIVES INTO WHAT IS MISSING,
AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO. AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO.
I KNOW SHE HAS BIG PLANS COMING I KNOW SHE HAS BIG PLANS COMING
BACK NEXT JANUARY. BACK NEXT JANUARY.
WITHOUT REACHING TOO FAR TOO WITHOUT REACHING TOO FAR TOO
FAST WE WANT TO BE CAREFUL WE FAST WE WANT TO BE CAREFUL WE
DON’T TAKE AWAY ACCESS TO SOME DON’T TAKE AWAY ACCESS TO SOME
OF THE GOOD PLAYERS OUT THERE SO OF THE GOOD PLAYERS OUT THERE SO
IF WE DIDN’T MOVE TOO FAST IN IF WE DIDN’T MOVE TOO FAST IN
THIS ARENA, WE MIGHT MOVE THIS ARENA, WE MIGHT MOVE
OPERATORS, AND DAY CARE, NOT OPERATORS, AND DAY CARE, NOT
THAT THEY ARE THE SAME, BUT THAT THEY ARE THE SAME, BUT
THERE’S AVAILABILITY FOR THERE’S AVAILABILITY FOR
FAMILIES THAT HAVE A GOOD PLACE FAMILIES THAT HAVE A GOOD PLACE
TO GO. TO GO.
SO WE HAVE GOT A PROBLEM, AND WE SO WE HAVE GOT A PROBLEM, AND WE
HAVE HORRIFIC STORIES, AND HAVE HORRIFIC STORIES, AND
ADDRESS THIS THING QUICKLY, AND ADDRESS THIS THING QUICKLY, AND
SHE HAS THE RIGHT BILL THIS TIME SHE HAS THE RIGHT BILL THIS TIME
FOR THIS ISSUE. FOR THIS ISSUE.
>>I THINK WE HAVE TO ADDRESS>>I THINK WE HAVE TO ADDRESS
THAT. THAT.
HOPEFULLY WE CAN TAKE BIG STEPS HOPEFULLY WE CAN TAKE BIG STEPS
THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR.
ASSISTED LIVING, IT WAS A ASSISTED LIVING, IT WAS A
SURPRISE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT SURPRISE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT
WE BASICALLY DON’T REGULATE WE BASICALLY DON’T REGULATE
THAT. THAT.
IT’S JUST HOUSING, AND WE IT’S JUST HOUSING, AND WE
HAVEN’T HAD THAT, AND THERE’S HAVEN’T HAD THAT, AND THERE’S
HORRIFIC THINGS HAPPENING IN HORRIFIC THINGS HAPPENING IN
ASSISTED LIVING, AS WELL AS ASSISTED LIVING, AS WELL AS
NURSING HOMES. NURSING HOMES.
I’M HOPEFUL WE WILL HAVE I’M HOPEFUL WE WILL HAVE
LEGISLATION THIS YEAR PERHAPS TO LEGISLATION THIS YEAR PERHAPS TO
BE FOLLOWED UP MORE SPECIFIC BE FOLLOWED UP MORE SPECIFIC
STUFF, ESPECIALLY ON ASSISTED STUFF, ESPECIALLY ON ASSISTED
LIVING NEXT YEAR. LIVING NEXT YEAR.
I THINK THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE, I THINK THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE,
AND I HOPE IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN AND I HOPE IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR.
>>I AGREE WITH JOHN.>>I AGREE WITH JOHN.
WHAT I’M CONCERNED IS KIND OF WHAT I’M CONCERNED IS KIND OF
REMINDS ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT REMINDS ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
THE CHILD CARE ISSUE. THE CHILD CARE ISSUE.
THERE WAS A STATEWIDE SET OF THERE WAS A STATEWIDE SET OF
HEARINGS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, HEARINGS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO,
AND WE HAVE KIND OF KNOWN AND WE HAVE KIND OF KNOWN
THERE’S THIS ISSUE OUT THERE, THERE’S THIS ISSUE OUT THERE,
AND WE KEEP DELAYING IT. AND WE KEEP DELAYING IT.
MEANWHILE FAMILIES ARE MEANWHILE FAMILIES ARE
STRUGGLING, AND SAME THING HERE, STRUGGLING, AND SAME THING HERE,
AND LAST STORY WHERE THE WOMAN AND LAST STORY WHERE THE WOMAN
PASSED AWAY WASN’T GONE FOR A PASSED AWAY WASN’T GONE FOR A
COUPLE OF DAYS, AND THAT CAN’T COUPLE OF DAYS, AND THAT CAN’T
BE TOLERATED. BE TOLERATED.
IT SHOULD TELL US THAT WE HAVE IT SHOULD TELL US THAT WE HAVE
GOT TO ACT NOW. GOT TO ACT NOW.
I THINK THERE’S A CONSENSUS THAT I THINK THERE’S A CONSENSUS THAT
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES NEED ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES NEED
TO BE LICENSED, AND I WORK TO BE LICENSED, AND I WORK
CLOSELY WITH A COUPLE OF FOLKS CLOSELY WITH A COUPLE OF FOLKS
WHO PROVIDE, I THINK, EXCELLENT WHO PROVIDE, I THINK, EXCELLENT
SERVICES IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND SERVICES IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND
THEY SAY YEAH, THAT’S THE NEXT THEY SAY YEAH, THAT’S THE NEXT
STEP THAT WE HAVE — THEY ALSO STEP THAT WE HAVE — THEY ALSO
REMIND ME APPROPRIATELY LET’S REMIND ME APPROPRIATELY LET’S
NOT GO TOO FAR TO MAKE IT NOT GO TOO FAR TO MAKE IT
IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE IT WORK FOR IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE IT WORK FOR
THEM. THEM.
PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WORKING
APPROPRIATELY AND ARE REMOVED APPROPRIATELY AND ARE REMOVED
FROM EMPLOYMENT AND A FACILITY FROM EMPLOYMENT AND A FACILITY
DUE TO NEGLIGENT SHOULD NOT BE DUE TO NEGLIGENT SHOULD NOT BE
ABLE TO GET A JOB IN ANOTHER ABLE TO GET A JOB IN ANOTHER
PLACE. PLACE.
I THINK THAT’S A BIT OF A I THINK THAT’S A BIT OF A
CHALLENGE IN THIS, BUT IT’S TIME CHALLENGE IN THIS, BUT IT’S TIME
TO GO TO LICENSING, AND I HOPE TO GO TO LICENSING, AND I HOPE
WE CAN BE AGGRESSIVE. WE CAN BE AGGRESSIVE.
WE ONLY MEET IN THESE SESSIONS WE ONLY MEET IN THESE SESSIONS
EVERY SEVERAL MORNINGS, AND EVERY SEVERAL MORNINGS, AND
THERE’S GOING TO BE AN INTERIM THERE’S GOING TO BE AN INTERIM
THAT’S GOING TO BE A LONG THAT’S GOING TO BE A LONG
INTERIM. INTERIM.
I THINK WE KNOW THAT I THINK WE KNOW THAT
LICENSING — IT’S TIME FOR LICENSING — IT’S TIME FOR
LICENSING, AND IT’S TIME TO MOVE LICENSING, AND IT’S TIME TO MOVE
ON. ON.
>>I THINK IT’S BEEN ALLUDED TO,>>I THINK IT’S BEEN ALLUDED TO,
I WOULD ADD TO IT THAT AGAIN, I WOULD ADD TO IT THAT AGAIN,
WHEN THERE’S BAD PLAYERS OUT WHEN THERE’S BAD PLAYERS OUT
THERE, WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THERE, WE NEED TO DEAL WITH
THEM, AND WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THEM, AND WE NEED TO DEAL WITH
THEM APPROPRIATELY. THEM APPROPRIATELY.
YET WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE YET WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE
DON’T USE THAT BROAD PAINTBRUSH DON’T USE THAT BROAD PAINTBRUSH
AND COLOR EVERYONE THE SAME, AND AND COLOR EVERYONE THE SAME, AND
WITH THAT SAME BRUSH. WITH THAT SAME BRUSH.
BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A LOT OF BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A LOT OF
TERRIFIC PROVIDERS OUT THERE. TERRIFIC PROVIDERS OUT THERE.
MY MOTHER WAS IN THE NURSING MY MOTHER WAS IN THE NURSING
HOME THE FIRST THREE YEARS I WAS HOME THE FIRST THREE YEARS I WAS
IN OFFICE. IN OFFICE.
IT — I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT IT — I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT
THE QUALITY AND THE CARE OF THE THE QUALITY AND THE CARE OF THE
PEOPLE THAT WERE WORKING WITH PEOPLE THAT WERE WORKING WITH
HER. HER.
WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THERE ARE A WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THERE ARE A
LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE OUT THERE IN LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE OUT THERE IN
THAT INDUSTRY, AND QUITE THAT INDUSTRY, AND QUITE
FRANKLY, NONE OF THEM DO IT TO FRANKLY, NONE OF THEM DO IT TO
GET RICH BY ANY STRETCH OF THE GET RICH BY ANY STRETCH OF THE
IMAGINATION. IMAGINATION.
>>Barry: IT’S A FREQUENT>>Barry: IT’S A FREQUENT
QUESTION. QUESTION.
>>THEY DO IT FOR THE LOVE AND>>THEY DO IT FOR THE LOVE AND
CARE OF THE FELLOW PERSON. CARE OF THE FELLOW PERSON.
WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT. WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT.
BUT WHEN WE HAVE — WHEN WE DO BUT WHEN WE HAVE — WHEN WE DO
CATCH THE BAD ACTORS, WE NEED TO CATCH THE BAD ACTORS, WE NEED TO
STEP FORWARD AND DEAL WITH THEM STEP FORWARD AND DEAL WITH THEM
APPROPRIATELY. APPROPRIATELY.
SOMETIMES FROM A REGULATORY SOMETIMES FROM A REGULATORY
STANDPOINT, WE WANT TO DEAL WITH STANDPOINT, WE WANT TO DEAL WITH
THE BAD ACTORS, BUT WE MAKE THE BAD ACTORS, BUT WE MAKE
EVERYBODY SUFFER AS A RESULT OF EVERYBODY SUFFER AS A RESULT OF
THAT, AND THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO THAT, AND THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO
BE CAREFUL OF. BE CAREFUL OF.
>>Barry: WE HAVE A VIEWER, I>>Barry: WE HAVE A VIEWER, I
THINK FROM WILLMAR THAT’S THINK FROM WILLMAR THAT’S
CONCERNED ABOUT THE MANDATES TO CONCERNED ABOUT THE MANDATES TO
CONTROL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN CONTROL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN
EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES, AND EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES, AND
THIS VIEWER WANTS TO KNOW HOW THIS VIEWER WANTS TO KNOW HOW
THEY FEEL ABOUT STATEWIDE THEY FEEL ABOUT STATEWIDE
PREMTION. PREMTION.
TRANSLATING THAT INTO ENGLISH TRANSLATING THAT INTO ENGLISH
WHAT I THINK WE HAVE HERE IS A WHAT I THINK WE HAVE HERE IS A
QUESTION ABOUT MINIMUM WAGE QUESTION ABOUT MINIMUM WAGE
LAWS, OTHER KINDS OF LAWS, OTHER KINDS OF
REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYER, REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYER,
EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS AND
WHETHER THOSE SHOULD BE WHETHER THOSE SHOULD BE
PREEMPTED BY THE STATE. PREEMPTED BY THE STATE.
>>PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WE NEED>>PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WE NEED
LOCAL CONTROL AND LOCAL LOCAL CONTROL AND LOCAL
GOVERNMENT ARE THE ONES SAYING GOVERNMENT ARE THE ONES SAYING
HEY, WE WANT LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO HEY, WE WANT LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO
MAKE THE DECISION UNLESS THEY MAKE THE DECISION UNLESS THEY
DISAGREE WITH ME, AND THEN I DISAGREE WITH ME, AND THEN I
DON’T WANT THEM TO DO THAT. DON’T WANT THEM TO DO THAT.
I THINK HE WAS RIGHT TO VETO I THINK HE WAS RIGHT TO VETO
LEGISLATION, AND IN MINNEAPOLIS, LEGISLATION, AND IN MINNEAPOLIS,
I SAW WHERE PEOPLE WERE FIGHTING I SAW WHERE PEOPLE WERE FIGHTING
FOR HIGHER MINIMUM WAGES, AND FOR HIGHER MINIMUM WAGES, AND
THEY ARE SAYING THE FEDERAL THEY ARE SAYING THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT DOESN’T ADDRESS THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T ADDRESS THE
ISSUE, AND WE CAN’T MAKE ENDS ISSUE, AND WE CAN’T MAKE ENDS
MEET, AND IT’S A CRISIS FOR US, MEET, AND IT’S A CRISIS FOR US,
AND WE WANT TO HAVE HELP DOING AND WE WANT TO HAVE HELP DOING
IT. IT.
THEY APPROACH THE LOCAL THEY APPROACH THE LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS, AND THAT’S WHAT GOVERNMENTS, AND THAT’S WHAT
DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT, AND COMING DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT, AND COMING
INTO THE STATE LEVEL AND STATE INTO THE STATE LEVEL AND STATE
HAS HAD SO MANY PREMTION BILLS HAS HAD SO MANY PREMTION BILLS
ON EVERYTHING THAT LOCAL ON EVERYTHING THAT LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS SEEM TO BE TRYING TO GOVERNMENTS SEEM TO BE TRYING TO
DO IS CHANGE THEIR ELECTORAL DO IS CHANGE THEIR ELECTORAL
SYSTEMS, SAYING LOCAL SYSTEMS, SAYING LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS CAN’T MAKE DECISIONS GOVERNMENTS CAN’T MAKE DECISIONS
ON A LOT OF THE THINGS THEY HAVE ON A LOT OF THE THINGS THEY HAVE
IN THE PAST. IN THE PAST.
I LIKE THE IDEA, THERE ARE SOME I LIKE THE IDEA, THERE ARE SOME
THINGS WE NEED TO DO AT THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO AT THE
STATE LEVEL AND SOME NEED TO BE STATE LEVEL AND SOME NEED TO BE
DONE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. DONE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.
I LIKE THE IDEA THAT LOCAL I LIKE THE IDEA THAT LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS CAN EXPERIMENT AND GOVERNMENTS CAN EXPERIMENT AND
OFTEN LEAD THE WAY AND GIVE OFTEN LEAD THE WAY AND GIVE
IDEAS FOR STATE GOVERNMENT THE IDEAS FOR STATE GOVERNMENT THE
DIRECTION WE MIGHT WANT TO MOVE. DIRECTION WE MIGHT WANT TO MOVE.
BUT I DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF BUT I DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF
PREEMPTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PREEMPTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
WHEN WE DON’T LIKE THEIR WHEN WE DON’T LIKE THEIR
DECISIONS. DECISIONS.
>>I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH>>I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH
JOHN, AND SOMETHING AS A LABOR JOHN, AND SOMETHING AS A LABOR
GUY MYSELF, AND THE DIFFERENCE GUY MYSELF, AND THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN THIS AND THE TIME WE HAD BETWEEN THIS AND THE TIME WE HAD
THE SMOKING LAWS WHEN CERTAIN THE SMOKING LAWS WHEN CERTAIN
COMMUNITIES COULD DO NO SMOKING COMMUNITIES COULD DO NO SMOKING
IN RESTAURANTS IN PUBLIC PLACES, IN RESTAURANTS IN PUBLIC PLACES,
WHAT’S DIFFERENCE ABOUT THIS IS WHAT’S DIFFERENCE ABOUT THIS IS
THEY HAD A CHOICE IN THAT AREA, THEY HAD A CHOICE IN THAT AREA,
BUT IT DIDN’T AFFECT ME WHEN I BUT IT DIDN’T AFFECT ME WHEN I
HAD TO CHOOSE TO OR NOT TO HAVE HAD TO CHOOSE TO OR NOT TO HAVE
SMOKING IN MY RESTAURANT. SMOKING IN MY RESTAURANT.
THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS YOU HAD THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS YOU HAD
LARGE COMPANIES ALL OVER THE LARGE COMPANIES ALL OVER THE
STATE OF MINNESOTA DOING STATE OF MINNESOTA DOING
BUSINESS, AND THEY HAVE TO BUSINESS, AND THEY HAVE TO
UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LAWS AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LAWS AND
RULES ARE IN MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. RULES ARE IN MINNEAPOLIS AND ST.
PAUL WHEN FOLKS LIKE BIG PAUL WHEN FOLKS LIKE BIG
MANUFACTURERS IN MY AREA HAVE TO MANUFACTURERS IN MY AREA HAVE TO
HAVE A SEPARATE SET OF BOOKS AND HAVE A SEPARATE SET OF BOOKS AND
RECORDS TO MAKE SURE THAT MY RECORDS TO MAKE SURE THAT MY
EMPLOYEES THAT ARE SPENDING TIME EMPLOYEES THAT ARE SPENDING TIME
IN CITIES LIKE THAT THAT HAVE IN CITIES LIKE THAT THAT HAVE
DIFFERENT LAWS NOW HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT LAWS NOW HAVE TO BE
TRACKED DIFFERENTLY. TRACKED DIFFERENTLY.
THE PROBLEM IS NOT THAT THE PROBLEM IS NOT THAT
BUSINESSES IN MINNEAPOLIS ST. BUSINESSES IN MINNEAPOLIS ST.
PAUL CAN’T PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES PAUL CAN’T PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES
MORE, THEY SURE CAN. MORE, THEY SURE CAN.
THAT’S REALLY TO ME WHAT SUPPLY THAT’S REALLY TO ME WHAT SUPPLY
AND DEMAND IS ABOUT. AND DEMAND IS ABOUT.
I’M PAYING MY EMPLOYEES MORE I’M PAYING MY EMPLOYEES MORE
THAN I HAVE EVER PAID BEFORE. THAN I HAVE EVER PAID BEFORE.
HOW MUCH CAN I CHARGE FOR MY HOW MUCH CAN I CHARGE FOR MY
HAMBURGER AND MY BOTTLE OF BEER. HAMBURGER AND MY BOTTLE OF BEER.
IT MAKES ME NERVOUS. IT MAKES ME NERVOUS.
I’M GOING TO MAKE SURE I HAVE I’M GOING TO MAKE SURE I HAVE
THE RIGHT EMPLOYEES THERE, AND THE RIGHT EMPLOYEES THERE, AND
THEY ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY THEY THEY ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY THEY
ARE GETTING. ARE GETTING.
I’M NERVOUS IF WE HAVE A LOT OF I’M NERVOUS IF WE HAVE A LOT OF
THE DIFFERENT RULES AROUND THE THE DIFFERENT RULES AROUND THE
STATE, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A STATE, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A
CONVOLUTED MESS ON OUR HANDS, CONVOLUTED MESS ON OUR HANDS,
AND WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO AND WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO
ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS IN ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS IN
MINNESOTA, I’M NERVOUS ABOUT MINNESOTA, I’M NERVOUS ABOUT
HAVING A LOT OF DIFFERENT PATCH HAVING A LOT OF DIFFERENT PATCH
WORK IDEAS, AND AGAIN, IT MIGHT WORK IDEAS, AND AGAIN, IT MIGHT
BE RIGHT FOR LOCAL BUSINESS AND BE RIGHT FOR LOCAL BUSINESS AND
OWNERSHIP THERE, BUT I THINK WE OWNERSHIP THERE, BUT I THINK WE
NEED TO HAVE UNIFORM LABOR LAWS NEED TO HAVE UNIFORM LABOR LAWS
AROUND MINNESOTA. AROUND MINNESOTA.
THAT’S MY OPINION. THAT’S MY OPINION.
>>I HAPPEN TO AGREE WITH>>I HAPPEN TO AGREE WITH
REPRESENTATIVE BAKER, I THINK AT REPRESENTATIVE BAKER, I THINK AT
THE END OF THE DAY YOU HAVE TO THE END OF THE DAY YOU HAVE TO
RECOGNIZE THAT IN MANY RECOGNIZE THAT IN MANY
INDUSTRIES, AND IN PARTICULAR, I INDUSTRIES, AND IN PARTICULAR, I
THINK, IN THE RESTAURANT THINK, IN THE RESTAURANT
BUSINESS AND THAT TYPE OF THING, BUSINESS AND THAT TYPE OF THING,
WE WILL SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE WE WILL SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE
LOSING JOBS, AND GOING INTO MORE LOSING JOBS, AND GOING INTO MORE
ROBOTICS IN TERMS OF COMPUTER ROBOTICS IN TERMS OF COMPUTER
ENTRY, AND FEWER SERVERS, AND ENTRY, AND FEWER SERVERS, AND
RECOGNIZING MANY OF THESE PEOPLE RECOGNIZING MANY OF THESE PEOPLE
DEAL WITH SUBSTANTIAL INCOME, DEAL WITH SUBSTANTIAL INCOME,
AND QUITE FRANKLY YOU START AND QUITE FRANKLY YOU START
CUTTING HOURS, NOT JUST IT FROM CUTTING HOURS, NOT JUST IT FROM
AN HOURS STANDPOINT BUT THE AN HOURS STANDPOINT BUT THE
ABILITY TO EARN ADDITIONAL MONEY ABILITY TO EARN ADDITIONAL MONEY
BUT FROM THE GOOD SERVICE THEY BUT FROM THE GOOD SERVICE THEY
ARE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING. ARE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING.
AS AN EMPLOYER, IF YOU ARE AS AN EMPLOYER, IF YOU ARE
OUTSIDE OF MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL, OUTSIDE OF MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL,
AND TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL AND TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL
THESE PEOPLE GOING INTO THESE PEOPLE GOING INTO
DIFFERENT AREAS, I MEAN, WE DIFFERENT AREAS, I MEAN, WE
REALLY ARE CREATING A NIGHTMARE REALLY ARE CREATING A NIGHTMARE
FOR THE LOCAL BUSINESSES, AND SO FOR THE LOCAL BUSINESSES, AND SO
I THINK THAT I’M 16 YEARS IN I THINK THAT I’M 16 YEARS IN
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, AND I LOCAL GOVERNMENT, AND I
UNDERSTAND WHAT JOHN IS TALKING UNDERSTAND WHAT JOHN IS TALKING
ABOUT WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ABOUT WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT
THOSE ISSUES OF LOCAL CONTROL THOSE ISSUES OF LOCAL CONTROL
AND WHAT HAVE YOU. AND WHAT HAVE YOU.
BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
THAT WHEN THAT LOCAL CONTROL THAT WHEN THAT LOCAL CONTROL
STARTS TO CREATE THAT MASS OF A STARTS TO CREATE THAT MASS OF A
CONFUSION AND CO CONS NATION ARD CONFUSION AND CO CONS NATION ARD
YOU. YOU.
>>I HEAR ABOUT LOCAL CONTROL>>I HEAR ABOUT LOCAL CONTROL
AND LOCAL CONTROL. AND LOCAL CONTROL.
BUT IT SEEMS TO BE LOCAL CONTROL BUT IT SEEMS TO BE LOCAL CONTROL
WHEN I WANT IT, BUT NOT LOCAL WHEN I WANT IT, BUT NOT LOCAL
CONTROL WHEN I DON’T WANT IT. CONTROL WHEN I DON’T WANT IT.
I THINK THERE’S A LOT TO BE SAID I THINK THERE’S A LOT TO BE SAID
ABOUT LOCAL CONTROL AND ABOUT LOCAL CONTROL AND
INNOVATION, AND THE INDOOR CLEAN INNOVATION, AND THE INDOOR CLEAN
AIR FACT REALLY STARTED IN MY AIR FACT REALLY STARTED IN MY
AREA, AND IT WAS KIND OF A CASE AREA, AND IT WAS KIND OF A CASE
WHERE INNOVATION IN A LOCAL WHERE INNOVATION IN A LOCAL
AREA. AREA.
CAN YOU IMAGINE IF WE HAD SMOKE CAN YOU IMAGINE IF WE HAD SMOKE
IN RESTAURANTS? IN RESTAURANTS?
AT THE TIME IT WAS TOUGH TO DO, AT THE TIME IT WAS TOUGH TO DO,
AND THE ONLY WAY WE COULD GET AND THE ONLY WAY WE COULD GET
THERE WAS THROUGH SOME LOCAL THERE WAS THROUGH SOME LOCAL
INNOVATION. INNOVATION.
I’M THINKING OF SICK LEAVE FOR I’M THINKING OF SICK LEAVE FOR
EVERYBODY. EVERYBODY.
MY GOODNESS. MY GOODNESS.
DO YOU REALLY WANT A HAMBURGER DO YOU REALLY WANT A HAMBURGER
SERVED BY SOMEBODY WHO IS SICK? SERVED BY SOMEBODY WHO IS SICK?
I DON’T THINK YOU DO. I DON’T THINK YOU DO.
IF IT MEANS I HAVE TO PAY AN IF IT MEANS I HAVE TO PAY AN
EXTRA NICKEL, DIME OR QUARTER EXTRA NICKEL, DIME OR QUARTER
FOR THAT HAMBURGER, IT’S WELL FOR THAT HAMBURGER, IT’S WELL
WORTH IT. WORTH IT.
I THINK CITIES ARE EXPERIMENTING I THINK CITIES ARE EXPERIMENTING
WITH THAT. WITH THAT.
I HOPE IT SETS A MOVEMENT AND IT I HOPE IT SETS A MOVEMENT AND IT
WOULD MOVE THE STATE THAT WOULD MOVE THE STATE THAT
EVERYBODY WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO EVERYBODY WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO
EARNED SICK LEAVE. EARNED SICK LEAVE.
IT MAKES GOOD SENSE. IT MAKES GOOD SENSE.
THERE’S SOME LABOR LAWS, MINIMUM THERE’S SOME LABOR LAWS, MINIMUM
LABOR STANDARDS THAT I THINK WE LABOR STANDARDS THAT I THINK WE
HAVEN’T REALLY ADDRESSED IN THIS HAVEN’T REALLY ADDRESSED IN THIS
STATE. STATE.
SICK LEAVE IS A DARN GOOD SICK LEAVE IS A DARN GOOD
EXAMPLE OF IT WHERE, I THINK EXAMPLE OF IT WHERE, I THINK
LOCAL COMMUNITIES CAN HELP US LOCAL COMMUNITIES CAN HELP US
GET THERE, AND I THINK IT WOULD GET THERE, AND I THINK IT WOULD
MAKE IT BETTER FOR EVERYBODY. MAKE IT BETTER FOR EVERYBODY.
I HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN I HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN
MINNESOTA BUSINESSES AND MINNESOTA BUSINESSES AND
ENTREPRENEURS, AND I THINK THEY ENTREPRENEURS, AND I THINK THEY
DEAL WITH COMPLEXITY ALL THE DEAL WITH COMPLEXITY ALL THE
TIME IN MANY DIFFERENT FACETS OF TIME IN MANY DIFFERENT FACETS OF
THEIR BUSINESS. THEIR BUSINESS.
ALWAYS IMPRESSED WITH WHAT YOU ALWAYS IMPRESSED WITH WHAT YOU
FOLKS ARE DOING, I’M VERY FOLKS ARE DOING, I’M VERY
GENUINE ABOUT THAT. GENUINE ABOUT THAT.
I THINK THEY CAN HANDLE THE I THINK THEY CAN HANDLE THE
DIFFERENCES IN THE LABOR DIFFERENCES IN THE LABOR
STANDARDS. STANDARDS.
>>YOU ARE RIGHT.>>YOU ARE RIGHT.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IS WE ARE WHAT’S HAPPENING IS WE ARE
HAVING THE CONVERSATION BECAUSE HAVING THE CONVERSATION BECAUSE
I’M ACTUALLY PUTTING SICK I’M ACTUALLY PUTTING SICK
ISSUES, AND SICK LANGUAGE WITH ISSUES, AND SICK LANGUAGE WITH
THE HANDBOOKS, BECAUSE I HAVE TO THE HANDBOOKS, BECAUSE I HAVE TO
DO IT, AND BECAUSE I KNOW IT’S DO IT, AND BECAUSE I KNOW IT’S
GOING TO COME, AND I DON’T WANT GOING TO COME, AND I DON’T WANT
THEM COMING IN SICK. THEM COMING IN SICK.
A LOT OF MY KITCHEN EMPLOYEES A LOT OF MY KITCHEN EMPLOYEES
WORK FROM PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, WORK FROM PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK,
AND WHEN THEYPIES A DAY OR TWO AND WHEN THEYPIES A DAY OR TWO
OF WORK, IT’S A BIG DEAL TO OF WORK, IT’S A BIG DEAL TO
THEM. THEM.
THE BETTER EMPLOYEES ARE DOING THE BETTER EMPLOYEES ARE DOING
THAT, AND THE BETTER EMPLOYERS THAT, AND THE BETTER EMPLOYERS
ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE. ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUE.
WHEN YOU START PUSHING IT ON WHEN YOU START PUSHING IT ON
THEM, MAKING IT TO WHERE THE THEM, MAKING IT TO WHERE THE
FOLKS ARE NOT READY FOR THIS, FOLKS ARE NOT READY FOR THIS,
THEY WILL COME, IF YOU BRING THEY WILL COME, IF YOU BRING
THEM WITH A CARROT AND NOT THE THEM WITH A CARROT AND NOT THE
STICK. STICK.
THAT’S MY POINT WHEN IT COMES TO THAT’S MY POINT WHEN IT COMES TO
MANDATING AND THINGS LIKE THAT, MANDATING AND THINGS LIKE THAT,
THERE ARE PLACES FOR LOCAL THERE ARE PLACES FOR LOCAL
CONTROL, ABSOLUTELY. CONTROL, ABSOLUTELY.
BUT SOME WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL BUT SOME WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL
OF. OF.
>>I AGREE WITH WHAT CLARK IS>>I AGREE WITH WHAT CLARK IS
SAY, AND A LOT OF WORKERS LIVING SAY, AND A LOT OF WORKERS LIVING
PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, AND PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, AND
ANYTHING GOES WRONG, AND HOUSING ANYTHING GOES WRONG, AND HOUSING
ENDING UP WITH A SHORTAGE, AND ENDING UP WITH A SHORTAGE, AND
SHORTAGES OF OTHER THINGS SHORTAGES OF OTHER THINGS
BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD
FOOD, HOUSING AND BASIC FOOD, HOUSING AND BASIC
NECESSITIES, AND WHICH IS WHY WE NECESSITIES, AND WHICH IS WHY WE
NEED TO HAVE A FAIRER TAX CODE NEED TO HAVE A FAIRER TAX CODE
OR NEED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE GET OR NEED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE GET
PAID MORE SO THEY CAN DO THAT, PAID MORE SO THEY CAN DO THAT,
AND THAT IS A SHIFT IN THE AND THAT IS A SHIFT IN THE
ECONOMY, BUT THE DISPARITY ECONOMY, BUT THE DISPARITY
BETWEEN HIGH INCOME AND LOW BETWEEN HIGH INCOME AND LOW
INCOME IS DRIVEN BY THE TAX INCOME IS DRIVEN BY THE TAX
CODE. CODE.
WE HAVE BEEN MAKING THE TAX CODE WE HAVE BEEN MAKING THE TAX CODE
MORE AND MORE THE TOP END PAYS MORE AND MORE THE TOP END PAYS
LESS AND THE BOTTOM END PAYS LESS AND THE BOTTOM END PAYS
MORE. MORE.
UNDER THE EISENHOWER VERY UNDER THE EISENHOWER VERY
STEEPLY PROGRESSIVE TAX CODES, STEEPLY PROGRESSIVE TAX CODES,
AND WE HAD A MUCH FAIRER AND WE HAD A MUCH FAIRER
ECONOMY. ECONOMY.
THEY ARE MAKING SURE THEY GET A THEY ARE MAKING SURE THEY GET A
DECENT LIVING, DESPITE WORKING DECENT LIVING, DESPITE WORKING
TWO JOBS SOMETIMES. TWO JOBS SOMETIMES.
I THINK THAT’S PART OF THE I THINK THAT’S PART OF THE
EQUATION WE HAVE TO DO, TOO, AND EQUATION WE HAVE TO DO, TOO, AND
SAY SOME EMPLOYERS DO GOOD, AND SAY SOME EMPLOYERS DO GOOD, AND
OTHERS DON’T. OTHERS DON’T.
I THINK WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED I THINK WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED
ABOUT ALL THE WORKERS, NOT JUST ABOUT ALL THE WORKERS, NOT JUST
SOME. SOME.
>>Barry: THE REALITY IS, I>>Barry: THE REALITY IS, I
THINK IF I’M CALLING THE NEWS THINK IF I’M CALLING THE NEWS
CORRECTLY, I LOOK TO YOU, CORRECTLY, I LOOK TO YOU,
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON, BUT THE REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON, BUT THE
GOVERNOR MADE CLEAR IF THE GOVERNOR MADE CLEAR IF THE
PREEMPTION BILL PASSES, HE WILL PREEMPTION BILL PASSES, HE WILL
STAMP IT WITH A VETO AND SEND IT STAMP IT WITH A VETO AND SEND IT
BACK. BACK.
>>I THINK SO.>>I THINK SO.
ANOTHER INTERESTING POINT, AND I ANOTHER INTERESTING POINT, AND I
SAW A TIDBIT IN THE NEWS. SAW A TIDBIT IN THE NEWS.
RESTAURANT EMPLOYMENT IS UP IN RESTAURANT EMPLOYMENT IS UP IN
THE TWIN CITIES. THE TWIN CITIES.
>>Barry: WE HAVE A QUESTION>>Barry: WE HAVE A QUESTION
FROM A VIEWER THAT WANTS TO KNOW FROM A VIEWER THAT WANTS TO KNOW
ABOUT THE MENTALLY ILL ENDING UP ABOUT THE MENTALLY ILL ENDING UP
IN JAILS INSTEAD OF TREATMENT. IN JAILS INSTEAD OF TREATMENT.
WHAT, IF ANYTHING, LEGISLATURE WHAT, IF ANYTHING, LEGISLATURE
SHOULD DO ABOUT THAT. SHOULD DO ABOUT THAT.
WHAT WANTS TO TAKE A RUN AT THAT WHAT WANTS TO TAKE A RUN AT THAT
QUESTION? QUESTION?
>>THAT HAS GOTTEN TO BE A>>THAT HAS GOTTEN TO BE A
PROBLEM WITH THE FACT WE HAVE PROBLEM WITH THE FACT WE HAVE
GOTTEN SUCH A LACK OF ACCESS TO GOTTEN SUCH A LACK OF ACCESS TO
MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES, AND MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES, AND
YOU KNOW, FOR MANY YEARS IT WAS YOU KNOW, FOR MANY YEARS IT WAS
JUST THE GOAL OF THE STATE TO JUST THE GOAL OF THE STATE TO
CLOSE UP SO MANY TYPE OF CLOSE UP SO MANY TYPE OF
FACILITIES AND DO SOMETHING FACILITIES AND DO SOMETHING
DIFFERENT, AND YET WE HAVE TO DIFFERENT, AND YET WE HAVE TO
RECOGNIZE AT SOME POINT THERE RECOGNIZE AT SOME POINT THERE
ARE NEEDS FOR THOSE FACILITIES. ARE NEEDS FOR THOSE FACILITIES.
WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING IN RURAL WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING IN RURAL
MINNESOTA IS WE SEE LOCAL LAW MINNESOTA IS WE SEE LOCAL LAW
ENFORCEMENT HAVING TO DEAL WITH ENFORCEMENT HAVING TO DEAL WITH
SITUATIONS THAT QUITE FRANKLY SITUATIONS THAT QUITE FRANKLY
THEY ARE NOT TRAINED TO DISEEL THEY ARE NOT TRAINED TO DISEEL
WITH. WITH.
DEAL. DEAL.
THEY ARE SITTING WITH PEOPLE IN THEY ARE SITTING WITH PEOPLE IN
THE HOSPITAL, BECAUSE THERE’S THE HOSPITAL, BECAUSE THERE’S
NOWHERE TO GO, AND IF THERE IS A NOWHERE TO GO, AND IF THERE IS A
PLACE TO GO, YOU ARE GOING TO PLACE TO GO, YOU ARE GOING TO
TRAVEL FAR IN ORDER TO TRAVEL FAR IN ORDER TO
ACCOMPLISH THAT. ACCOMPLISH THAT.
AND IT BECOMES EVEN WORSE WHEN AND IT BECOMES EVEN WORSE WHEN
YOU ARE DEALING WITH TEENAGERS YOU ARE DEALING WITH TEENAGERS
THAT HAVE SOME MENTAL HEALTH THAT HAVE SOME MENTAL HEALTH
NEEDS, AND SO I KNOW THAT RIGHT NEEDS, AND SO I KNOW THAT RIGHT
NOW IN THE BONDING BILL IS, NOW IN THE BONDING BILL IS,
SENATOR SENJEM AS THE BONDING SENATOR SENJEM AS THE BONDING
CHAIR IS CONSIDERING THE IDEA, CHAIR IS CONSIDERING THE IDEA,
AND I KNOW IT’S BEING CONSIDERED AND I KNOW IT’S BEING CONSIDERED
IN THE HOUSE, TOO, SOME REGIONAL IN THE HOUSE, TOO, SOME REGIONAL
CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT
HAVE — THAT AT LEAST PROVIDE HAVE — THAT AT LEAST PROVIDE
YOU WITH A PLACE THAT YOU CAN GO YOU WITH A PLACE THAT YOU CAN GO
TO. TO.
AT LEAST ON A TEMPORARY BASIS, AT LEAST ON A TEMPORARY BASIS,
IF NOTHING ELSE WHILE WE SEEK IF NOTHING ELSE WHILE WE SEEK
HELP IN THAT REGARD. HELP IN THAT REGARD.
YOU KNOW, AND THAT IS BECOMING, YOU KNOW, AND THAT IS BECOMING,
I THINK, TOGETHER WITH SOME OF I THINK, TOGETHER WITH SOME OF
THE OPIOID ISSUES THAT YOU THE OPIOID ISSUES THAT YOU
MENTIONED AND THE MENTAL HEALTH MENTIONED AND THE MENTAL HEALTH
ISSUES, AND THAT’S BECOMING ISSUES, AND THAT’S BECOMING
SOME — BECOMING A ALMOST DAILY SOME — BECOMING A ALMOST DAILY
OCCURRENCE TOO OFTEN. OCCURRENCE TOO OFTEN.
IT’S A TREMENDOUS BURDEN ON THE IT’S A TREMENDOUS BURDEN ON THE
FAMILIES, ON THE INDIVIDUALS FAMILIES, ON THE INDIVIDUALS
THEMSELVES, AND WE NEED TO FIND THEMSELVES, AND WE NEED TO FIND
A WAY TO ACTUALLY PROVIDE THOSE A WAY TO ACTUALLY PROVIDE THOSE
SERVICES. SERVICES.
>>I’M GOING TO USE THAT TO SAY>>I’M GOING TO USE THAT TO SAY
I THINK IT’S TIME TO ACT ON I THINK IT’S TIME TO ACT ON
HEALTHCARE IN A BROADER WAY THAN HEALTHCARE IN A BROADER WAY THAN
PUSHING THE MINNESOTA HEALTHCARE PUSHING THE MINNESOTA HEALTHCARE
PROPOSAL, INCLUDING ALL THE PROPOSAL, INCLUDING ALL THE
NEEDS INCLUDING CHEMICAL NEEDS INCLUDING CHEMICAL
DEPENDS, AND MENTAL HEALTH, DEPENDS, AND MENTAL HEALTH,
LONG-TERM CARE, AND DENTAL CARE, LONG-TERM CARE, AND DENTAL CARE,
INCLUDING EVERYONE. INCLUDING EVERYONE.
HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR
THAT, AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE THAT, AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE
ARE SPENDING THE MONEY, BUT WE ARE SPENDING THE MONEY, BUT WE
DON’T TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE’S DON’T TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE’S
TEETH, AND THEY USE THE TEETH, AND THEY USE THE
EMERGENCY WHERE THEY CAN’T GET EMERGENCY WHERE THEY CAN’T GET
ANYTHING MORE THAN PAINKILLERS, ANYTHING MORE THAN PAINKILLERS,
AND AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF AND AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF
TRYING TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE DON’T TRYING TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE DON’T
OVERUSE HEALTHCARE, WE ARE OVERUSE HEALTHCARE, WE ARE
SPENDING TWICE AS MUCH AS ANYONE SPENDING TWICE AS MUCH AS ANYONE
SPENDS ON HEALTHCARE. SPENDS ON HEALTHCARE.
ONLY 10 COUNTRIES SPEND HALF OF ONLY 10 COUNTRIES SPEND HALF OF
WHAT WE SPEND, AND THEY ARE FAR WHAT WE SPEND, AND THEY ARE FAR
BELOW THAT. BELOW THAT.
IT’S TIME, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO IT’S TIME, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO
MAKE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO GET MAKE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO GET
HEALTHCARE, ESPECIALLY EVERY HEALTHCARE, ESPECIALLY EVERY
KIND OF CARE, IT OUGHT TO BE KIND OF CARE, IT OUGHT TO BE
COVERING EVERYONE. COVERING EVERYONE.
THE STUDIES SAY IT’S CHEAPER, THE STUDIES SAY IT’S CHEAPER,
BECAUSE YOU GET RID OF THE BECAUSE YOU GET RID OF THE
INEFFICIENCIES OF THE SYSTEM, INEFFICIENCIES OF THE SYSTEM,
AND IN JANUARY THE HEALTH AND IN JANUARY THE HEALTH
DEPARTMENT CAME UP WITH A STUDY DEPARTMENT CAME UP WITH A STUDY
ON KNEE REPLACEMENT AND SAID THE ON KNEE REPLACEMENT AND SAID THE
CHEAPEST HOSPITALS IN THE STATE CHEAPEST HOSPITALS IN THE STATE
WERE DOING IT FOR ONE-EIGHT THE WERE DOING IT FOR ONE-EIGHT THE
PRICE OF THE EXPENSIVE ONES, AND PRICE OF THE EXPENSIVE ONES, AND
THEY ARE PAYING THEIR BILLS THEY ARE PAYING THEIR BILLS
BASED ON THAT, AND THE OTHERS BASED ON THAT, AND THE OTHERS
ARE MAKING A LOT MORE. ARE MAKING A LOT MORE.
THEY KEEP USING THE THING, AND THEY KEEP USING THE THING, AND
WE WANT EVERY KID TO GET AN WE WANT EVERY KID TO GET AN
EDUCATION, SO A KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION, SO A KINDERGARTEN
INNER DOESN’T HAVE TO QUALIFY. INNER DOESN’T HAVE TO QUALIFY.
THEIR PARENTS DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THEIR PARENTS DON’T HAVE TO HAVE
THE RIGHT SCHOOL INSURANCE PLAN. THE RIGHT SCHOOL INSURANCE PLAN.
THEY GET TO GO. THEY GET TO GO.
IF WE HAD A SIMILAR SYSTEM WITH IF WE HAD A SIMILAR SYSTEM WITH
HEALTHCARE, AND GOT RID OF THE HEALTHCARE, AND GOT RID OF THE
BUREAUCRATIC SYSTEM WHERE YOU BUREAUCRATIC SYSTEM WHERE YOU
HAVE TO QUALIFY THROUGH YOUR HAVE TO QUALIFY THROUGH YOUR
EMPLOYER, INDIVIDUAL MARKET OR EMPLOYER, INDIVIDUAL MARKET OR
GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, AND WE SAID GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, AND WE SAID
HEALTHCARE IS GOING TO BE HEALTHCARE IS GOING TO BE
AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE, THE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE, THE
BOTTOM LINE IS THAT’S CHEAPER, BOTTOM LINE IS THAT’S CHEAPER,
AND THEN PEOPLE CAN MAKE THEIR AND THEN PEOPLE CAN MAKE THEIR
OWN HEALTHCARE CHOICES, AND TO OWN HEALTHCARE CHOICES, AND TO
ME THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM, ME THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM,
WHICH I STRONGLY AGREE WITH WHAT WHICH I STRONGLY AGREE WITH WHAT
YOU ARE SAYING, IT’S FALLING YOU ARE SAYING, IT’S FALLING
APART. APART.
PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED THE PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY NEED THE
HELP CAN’T GET THE HELP. HELP CAN’T GET THE HELP.
INSTEAD OF SAYING WE ARE GOING INSTEAD OF SAYING WE ARE GOING
TO MAKE SURE NOBODY GETS ANY TO MAKE SURE NOBODY GETS ANY
HEALTHCARE THEY MIGHT NOT NEED, HEALTHCARE THEY MIGHT NOT NEED,
LET’S SPEND EFFORTS TO MAKE SURE LET’S SPEND EFFORTS TO MAKE SURE
EVERYBODY QUALIFIES, AND EVERYBODY QUALIFIES, AND
EVERYBODY GETS HEALTHCARE, AND EVERYBODY GETS HEALTHCARE, AND
SERIOUSLY IT’S ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUSLY IT’S ONE OF THE MOST
URGENT THINGS WE HAVE TO DO, AND URGENT THINGS WE HAVE TO DO, AND
IT’S A HUGE ISSUE. IT’S A HUGE ISSUE.
IT AFFECTS SO MUCH. IT AFFECTS SO MUCH.
>>Barry: PROBABLY IS GOING TO>>Barry: PROBABLY IS GOING TO
BE WELL SUITED FOR CONSIDERATION BE WELL SUITED FOR CONSIDERATION
IN THE LONGER TERM NEXT YEAR. IN THE LONGER TERM NEXT YEAR.
>>PRIET.>>PRIET.
>>REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON, THE>>REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON, THE
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE AND THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE AND THE
BROADER QUESTIONS RAISED. BROADER QUESTIONS RAISED.
>>WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS, I>>WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS, I
THINK OF A WOMAN IN MY THINK OF A WOMAN IN MY
NEIGHBORHOOD THAT KNOCKS A DOOR. NEIGHBORHOOD THAT KNOCKS A DOOR.
I SAID WHAT SHOULD BE THE I SAID WHAT SHOULD BE THE
PRIORITY? PRIORITY?
SHE SAID MENTAL HEALTH. SHE SAID MENTAL HEALTH.
SHE TOLD ME ABOUT HER SON, AND SHE TOLD ME ABOUT HER SON, AND
LIVES QUITE A WAYS AWAY FROM LIVES QUITE A WAYS AWAY FROM
MANKATO, AND SHE DIDN’T HAVE THE MANKATO, AND SHE DIDN’T HAVE THE
MEANS TO SEE HIM. MEANS TO SEE HIM.
WE HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN THAT. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN THAT.
I HEAR ABOUT THE CHALLENGE FROM I HEAR ABOUT THE CHALLENGE FROM
LAW ENFORCEMENT, HEALTHCARE, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT, HEALTHCARE, THE
SCHOOLS, AND I SAT ON THE MENTAL SCHOOLS, AND I SAT ON THE MENTAL
HEALTH TASK FORCE IN 2016, AND HEALTH TASK FORCE IN 2016, AND
WE TALKED ABOUT A CONTINUUM OF WE TALKED ABOUT A CONTINUUM OF
CARE THAT RECOGNIZES FIRST THAT CARE THAT RECOGNIZES FIRST THAT
MENTAL HEALTH, LIKE PHYSICAL MENTAL HEALTH, LIKE PHYSICAL
HEALTH HAS TO BE ADDRESSED FROM HEALTH HAS TO BE ADDRESSED FROM
AS MANY ASSETS. AS MANY ASSETS.
YOU DON’T TREAT AN APPENDECTOMY YOU DON’T TREAT AN APPENDECTOMY
THE SAME WAY YOU TREAT A SORE THE SAME WAY YOU TREAT A SORE
THROAT. THROAT.
WE NEED A VERY RESPONSIVE SYSTEM WE NEED A VERY RESPONSIVE SYSTEM
TO ADDRESS THEM. TO ADDRESS THEM.
I WAS SURPRISED THIS LAST TIME I I WAS SURPRISED THIS LAST TIME I
CAMPAIGNED HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE CAMPAIGNED HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE
TALKING ABOUT THIS. TALKING ABOUT THIS.
WITH RESPECT TO THE LARGER WITH RESPECT TO THE LARGER
ISSUE, IN A PRACTICAL SENSE, ISSUE, IN A PRACTICAL SENSE,
THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO
RIGHT NOW, AT LEAST TO GIVE A RIGHT NOW, AT LEAST TO GIVE A
LITTLE MORE ACCESS TO LITTLE MORE ACCESS TO
HEALTHCARE, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL HEALTHCARE, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL
MINNESOTA, AND THAT’S THE MINNESOTA, AND THAT’S THE
MINNESOTA CARE BUY-IN, AND THE MINNESOTA CARE BUY-IN, AND THE
GOVERNOR HAS APPROPRIATELY BEEN GOVERNOR HAS APPROPRIATELY BEEN
PUSHING THIS, AND DISAPPOINTED PUSHING THIS, AND DISAPPOINTED
IT HASN’T BEEN CONSIDERED IN THE IT HASN’T BEEN CONSIDERED IN THE
HOUSE, AND I STILL HOPE FOR A HOUSE, AND I STILL HOPE FOR A
HEARING. HEARING.
>>Barry: ON THAT NOTE, I’M>>Barry: ON THAT NOTE, I’M
GOING TO THANK YOU, BECAUSE WE GOING TO THANK YOU, BECAUSE WE
ARE OUT OF TIME. ARE OUT OF TIME.
WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO
SOLVE THE HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS IN SOLVE THE HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS IN
THE REMAINING 50 SECONDS. THE REMAINING 50 SECONDS.
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