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Welcome

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Thanks for visiting our site. Senate District 48 DFL includes Southern Minnetonka and the majority of Eden Prairie. We bring together two vibrant communities with a diverse population. We believe it’s a great area to live and raise a family.

We also believe, as Sen. Wellstone said, “As free citizens in a political democracy we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community.” If you’re interested in learning more about what we believe and are doing, please visit our site often.  If you’d like to get involved in moving our communities, state and country forward to a progressive future, please contact us. There are lots of ways you can get involved.  Hope to see you soon!

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Mar/15

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2015 SD48 DFL Convention

Convention GraphicWere You Elected a Delegate to the Senate District Convention at the 2014 Caucuses?

Your attendance is critical!

Who:  YOU! (as a delegate elected at the 2014 caucus)

What:  Senate District 48 DFL Convention

Where:  Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

When:  Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:30 pm meet VIPS, 7:00 pm convene convention.

We’ll be electing our Senate District Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Outreach Officer for the next two years. If you’re interested in running, you’ll need to download our 2015 Screening Application, complete it and return it to us at the e-mail address below. We’ll be in touch with you to schedule a screening.  Only screened candidates may run for office and must attend the convention.

Need more information? E-mail us at info@dfl48.org.

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Mar/15

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Trust Businesses, They Won’t Steal from Employees

TipsFrances Kai-Hwa Wang reported on the NBC News website on the following:

“Nine Korean and two Latino restaurant workers have been awarded $2,672,657 in damages by the US District Court from Kum Gang San, a large and well-known Korean restaurant with multiple locations in New York …”

The article goes on to report “The court found that the restaurant and it’s owner, Ji Sung Yoo, did not pay workers minimum wage, required workers to work 10 to 12 hours 5 to 7 days a week without overtime pay and routinely withheld tips from customers who paid with credit cards. Workers also had to work without pay on their days off, including once having to pick cabbages and chili peppers on a farm. The restaurant also made workers create false time cards. Workers who refused were threatened with blacklisting, were not scheduled, or were forced to quit.”

Here’s a link to the original post.

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Mar/15

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Major Retailers Funding National Campaign to Gut Workers’ Comp

wage-slaveMolly Redden with Mother Jones reported on March 26, 2015, that Walmart, Lowe’s Safeway and Nordstrom and other large corporations “are bankrolling a quiet, multistate lobbying effort to make it harder for workers hurt on the job to access lost wages and medical care — the benefits collectively known as workers’ compensation.”

“The companies have financed a lobbying group, the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (be afraid when you see Orwellian language, this is a good example, folks), that has already helped write legislation in one state, Tennessee.”  What does this lobbying group want? “… to pass laws allowing private employers to opt out of the traditional workers’ compensation plans that almost every state requires businesses to carry. But, they would be allowed to write their own rules governing when, for how long, and for which reasons an injured employee can access medical benefits and wages.”

Texas already allows this. “A 2012 survey of Texas companies with private plans found that fewer than half offered benefits to seriously injured employees or the families of workers who died in workplace accidents.”

Business can save millions of dollars with this kind of plan. But, it does put workers back in the role of fodder for the corporate machine and not needed individuals to make a corporation succeed.

With all that’s happening with corporations being seen a “people”, and money being “free speech” added on to the individual working for a living becoming nothing but a commodity, we can’t see how this ends well for anyone. Some of us are old enough or can recall history lessons from school about what happens when “those that got” forget that it took others to give them what they have.  It wasn’t pretty then.  It won’t be pretty when it happens again.  We hope corporate America, the 1% and the Republicans who do their bidding wake up before it’s too late.

You can find the full post here.

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Mar/15

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Obama More Fiscally Conservative than Reagan

We’re betting this sounds like heresy to those on the right only watching Fox News and listening to conservative radio, but it’s true (again, they probably won’t listen or care because facts they don’t agree with aren’t “real”).  Joe Weisenthal with Business Insider posted on March 27, 2014, about this fact.

He says the US economy isn’t surging “because we’re running a policy of government austerity.” He goes on to include a chart created by Matt Busigin comparing the Reagan and Obama presidencies and their deficits as a percentage of GDP. Here’s that graph:

15-03-27 Busigin GDP Chart

 

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. We think a chart is, too. You can see the original post here.

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Mar/15

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Tips Come from Customers Not Employers

I find it interesting that in the debate over the wages of tipped employees, the pool of money that constitutes what each customer decides to voluntarily tip on each transaction, over which restaurant owners have no control, is treated as if it were the owners’ pool of money to analyze for business costs. I find it inappropriate that voluntary contributions above the listed price are being used as justification for lowering wages and that some restaurant owners are trying to enlist the state’s help to save on labor expenses that every business has to account for (“GOP targets minimum wage,” March 24). I think that the focus should be on costs that owners are directly responsible for and that their business acumen should be used to maximize efficiency in other ways instead of taking the shortcut of having the government do it on the backs of employees.

 

Vlad Ryaboy
Minnetonka
StarTribune, March 27, 2015

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Mar/15

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DFL Chairman Ken Martin on budget process

ken-martin“With release of the Senate DFL Caucus and House budget proposals this week, the stage is set for how the remainder of the session will play out.

“The House Republicans continue their failed practices of the past and aim to balance the budget on the backs of students and seniors. Even with a budget surplus and the opportunity to ensure all Minnesotans are taking part in Minnesota’s financial success; Republicans are more interested in tax cuts for businesses and wealthy Minnesotans.

“In sharp contrast, both Gov. Dayton and the Senate DFL make investments that will grow our economy. From early childhood education to ensure all children start school ready to learn to helping working families face the high cost of quality child care, DFL leaders are looking for long-term prosperity, not a sound bite for the next election.

“As legislators head home for their spring recess, I encourage citizens to reach out to their state representative and state senator and send them a message that the state budget should be invested in children, students and families to build an even better Minnesota for all.”

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