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Friday, May 18, 2007

Look For the Union Liberal

Yesterday HF 464, a bill essentially written by the Education Minnesota teachers union, was passed in the House. The bill mandates that all school employees join an insurance pool created and run by a board of 7 union members and 7 school board members. An interesting little tidbit within this bill is that no insurance experience is necessary.

Representative Kate Knuth, the courageous defender of her constituent's interests and values, voted for this pure political payback (though I'm sure she did so with the best interests of "the children" in mind). Of course, it's purely coincidental that this fine specimen of political debt service was also Education Minnesota's number one priority. I'm sure it's also just a coincidence that organized labor was a prominent supporter of Knuth's campaign.

The legislation is yet another unfunded mandate that will cost many school districts (including Mounds View) more money. But Mounds View Schools taxpayers need not worry as the state is kicking in the first $4 million in start-up costs. What the heck, if it comes from the state it's free money as far as Knuth's constituents are concerned, right?

Just keep telling yourself "it's for the children" on the off chance that it will help dissipate the lingering odor emanating from this legislation. Hopefully the stench is offensive enough to inspire Governor Pawlenty to neutralize it via his veto pen.

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