8 Politics & Government The Minnesota Nurse Association denounced Gov. Tim Walz "for siding with corporate bullies over patients and nurses." William Bornhoft , Patch Staff Posted Replies ST. PAUL, MN — After a public standoff during which billions of dollars were apparently at stake, Gov. Tim Walz has agreed to exempt the Mayo Clinic from the union-backed "Keeping Nurses at the Bedside" Act. The exemption was made after the Mayo Clinic threatened to pull billions of dollars in building investments if they were not spared by the bill, which requires hospitals to form committees made up of nurses to create "core staffing plans ." The Minnesota Nurse Association subsequently denounced Walz "for siding with corporate bullies over patients and nurses." "Our hearts break for the nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System who will be denied a voice in the process of safe staffing by their own corporate executives," said … [Read more...] about Walz Exempts Mayo Clinic From Union-Backed Nurse Staffing Legislation
State Superintendent, Activists Condemn Arizona Governor Signing Anti-Trans Legislation
"We will always stand up for you. We will always have your back, and you are welcome and you are loved for who you are." Arizona Mirror , News Partner Posted By Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow, Arizona Mirror Her voice shaking with emotion, State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman assured trans kids across Arizona Thursday of her support and acceptance, a strong contrast to the anti-trans rhetoric created by recent legislation. “We will always stand up for you. We will always have your back, and you are welcome and you are loved for who you are,” she said as LGBTQ rights advocates gathered at the state capitol on Thursday morning, on Trans Visibility Day. A day before, Gov. Doug Ducey signed bills that would restrict the treatment trans youth could receive and limit what sports teams they could join. Flanked by signs proclaiming trans rights are human rights, Hoffman sharply criticized lawmakers, saying there are … [Read more...] about State Superintendent, Activists Condemn Arizona Governor Signing Anti-Trans Legislation
Legislators Haven’t Had A Raise Since 1998, And Haven’t Had A Chance At One Since 2014. Here’s Why.
It's been years since that commission met. And it currently doesn't have enough members to form the quorum needed for a meeting. Arizona Mirror , News Partner Posted By Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror As a proposal that would have changed the process for increasing legislators’ salaries went down in flames, some lawmakers took some parting shots at the commission that’s tasked with referring those pay raises to the ballot. During a debate last Monday in the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said he was “very disappointed that the commission that is supposed to evaluate legislator salaries and refer them to the voters has just chosen not to do so. I think that’s a real problem.” Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, said they wouldn’t be debating the policy if the commission had done its job. “They’re not doing their job, obviously,” she said. It’s been years since that commission … [Read more...] about Legislators Haven’t Had A Raise Since 1998, And Haven’t Had A Chance At One Since 2014. Here’s Why.
Dem Gov Declares ‘State Of Emergency’ For Public Education Following GOP Legislative Gains
Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared the state’s public education system to be in a state of emergency following GOP legislative gains regarding school choice and parental rights, during a Monday special address. Cooper urged residents of the state to call state lawmakers’ offices and tell them that recent school choice legislation and proposed teacher raises have the potential to “choke the life out of public education,” according to the special address. The state House passed a piece of legislation Wednesday in a 65-45 vote that would make all students eligible to have the state cover nearly half the average cost of attending a private school. (RELATED: DeSantis Signs Law Curbing Lessons On Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation In PreK-8 Classrooms) “It’s clear that the Republican legislature is aiming to choke the life out of public education,” Cooper said in a press release. “I’m declaring this a state of emergency because you need to know what’s … [Read more...] about Dem Gov Declares ‘State Of Emergency’ For Public Education Following GOP Legislative Gains
‘Bonkers’: Minnesota Finishes Legislative Session With Sweeping Left-Wing Reforms
Minnesota concluded its legislative session this week, enacting many left-wing policy priorities into law. The measures enacted include a constitutional right to abortion, universal background checks, tax hikes, felony voting, legalization of cannabis and granting state-subsidized health insurance to illegal immigrants. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson said it was the “most partisan session…in the history of the state,” where Democrats control the legislature. The Minnesota State Legislature concluded its 2023 legislative session on Monday after passing a comprehensive set of left-wing legislative priorities, such as expanding access to abortion, legalizing cannabis and granting new rights to illegal immigrants. The legislature, which has a slim Democratic majority in both houses, began its 100-day-long 2023 session on Jan. 3 and concluded on May 22, passing 72 bills that were signed by Democratic Gov. Tim Walz. Many of the bills enacted reflect top … [Read more...] about ‘Bonkers’: Minnesota Finishes Legislative Session With Sweeping Left-Wing Reforms
New York congressman introduces legislation to pull federal funding for colleges that promote antisemitism
close Video House passes debt ceiling deal Fox News senior congressional correspondent Chad Pergram has the latest on the House of Representatives passing the debt ceiling deal by a 314-117 vote on 'The Ingraham Angle.' FIRST ON FOX— Republican Congressman Mike Lawler, R-N.Y., will introduce legislation Thursday to prohibit universities that "authorize antisemitic events on campus" from participating in student loan and grant programs. The ‘‘Stop Antisemitism on College Campuses Act’’ was proposed in response to a recent controversial CUNY Law School commencement speech, where the speaker, student Fatima Mousa Mohammed, accused the U.S. military and Israel of "indiscriminate" murder, and asked students to join a "revolution" against Zionism, capitalism and racism. Mohammed said that Israel "continues to indiscriminately rain bullets and bombs on worshipers, murdering the old, the young, attacking even funerals and graveyards" and … [Read more...] about New York congressman introduces legislation to pull federal funding for colleges that promote antisemitism