General Announcements

The State Legislature was successful in passing the transportation bill during the week of February 26th. But there’s another tax hike that voters should prepare themselves for in the coming months.

The Metrodome wasn’t the only bubble that deflated in Minneapolis due to last weekend’s snowstorm.

Two Legislators John Lesch (DFL -Saint Paul) and Mark Buescens (R – Jordan), faced off on the House Floor over a bill that would have added a sick time benefit for temporary and seasonal State workers. The story became less about the bill and more about the tensions that seem to be rising among Legislators as they begin to confront budget issues. KFAI’s Marty Owings reports.

By Aaron Mendelson

On the morning of September 13, Margaret Brickely, a shift supervisor at the Calhoun Square Jimmy John’s, found that one of the store’s coolers wasn’t working. Brickley called called General Manger Corey Reeves and District Manager Jason Effertz, who came to inspect the meat.

State Senator Terri Bonoff is running for Congress in the Third Congressional District. Her campaign has received many high-profile endorsements and exceeded fund raising expectations.

When the first Hmong state representative, Cy Thao, DFL-St. Paul, announced that he will not run for re-election this year, four candidates announced that they will run for his House seat in District 65A. The candidates introduced themselves to voters in the central St. Paul district at a forum a week before the DFL endorsing convention.

The City of Minneapolis got a jump start on promoting the 2010 census, the tally of people living in America. As KFAI’s Anibal Prestan reports, the City is concerned that every person is counted so it will not lose millions of dollars in federal and state money.

The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis is a central piece to the West Broadway revitalization effort. In the midst of a major fundraising campaign, the theater’s renovation plans were unveiled yesterday. KFAI’s Elena Erofeeva reports.

North Country Co-op, the first collectively run grocery in Minneapolis, recently announced in a statement from the board of directors that they will be closing its doors on November 4th.

As the State, the City of Minneapolis, and Minneapolis Public Schools prepare to make deep budget cuts, they’re asking the public for help in determining where to downsize. KFAI reporter Anna Pratt asked Minneapolis City Council Member, Robert Lilligen, and Analyst Dane Smith, from the local think tank, Growth and Justice, whether people’s input really matters.

January 27, 2009