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TruthToTell, June 6: BUDGET STANDOFF: Blinking? or Blindfolded?

The budget impasse continues as this is written with threats of a state government shutdown on Fiscal Year end – June 30. Will state workers be furloughed on July 1? Many have received notices that, indeed, they will be told to stay home on July 1 in the absence of a budget resolution between DFL Governor Mark Dayton and GOP Legislative majority leadership by the June 30 deadline.

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TruthToTell, Mon., June 6-9AM: BUDGET STANDOFF: Blinking? or Blindfolded? - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org

The budget impasse continues as this is written with threats of a state government shutdown on Fiscal Year end – June 30. Will state workers be furloughed on July 1? Many have received notices that, indeed, they will be told to stay home on July 1 in the absence of a budget resolution between DFL Governor Mark Dayton and GOP Legislative majority leadership by the June 30 deadline.

Many citizens find the debate revolving around some seemingly arcane issues, but the looming $5 billion deficit and a Constitutional requirement for a balanced budget underlying the budget talks.

Dayton has already vetoed untold budget and policy bills he finds onerous, and he has cut in half his original request for a tax increase on high-income earners. Dayton considers this a compromise and enough to spawn similar concessions from the Republican majority. They disagree and are stonewalling him for their all-cuts budget. He has asked for a mediator to intercede. They have refused.

We jump into this discussion in the wake of a two-part series of articles authored by MinnPost columnist and political analyst, Eric Black, taking on the fine print in Minnesota’s constitution versus the historical reality of governing in the 21st Century. The so-called shutdown in 2005, when the partisanship was reversed, was essentially ignored, thanks to a judge’s ruling and then-Attorney General Mike Hatch’s insistence that the requirement that “No money shall be paid out of the treasury of this state except in pursuance of an appropriation by law” represent(s) a breach of separation of powers and that “core functions” of government cannot cease.

Memories are short. Few paid attention to the two-week stoppage six years ago, but this year, it could be a nasty cessation of salaries and state services. Resistance abounds to an all-cuts approach to the deficit and to governance, and budget analysts and activists will join us as well to say why.

ERIC BLACK – columnist (EricBlackInk) and political analyst, MinnPost.com

NAN MADDEN – Director, Budget Policy Project, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

VIRGINIA SIMSON – US NoCuts Minnesota activist

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First Person Radio:Jun 1: BOB RICE:Native Entrepreneur, Tornado Victim-AUDIO HERE

Native entrepreneur Bob Rice lost part of his business and his home in the devastating tornado that hit north Minneapolis on Sunday, May 22nd. One person was killed and 30 were injured. AUDIO HERE

The North Side is home to hundreds of American Indian families. Laura Waterman Wittstock and Andy Driscoll talk with Bob Rice about the tornado and the business he lost: 42nd Avenue Station. We will also discuss recovery efforts on the north side of Minneapolis, MN.

Bob Rice defines himself on the business website:

Robert Rice is a proud Ojibwe business owner enrolled Member of White Earth tribe. His passion for coffee and love of people merge well at the 42nd Avenue Station where he encourages community to embrace diverse heritage and celebrate the variety of cultures, gender, young, old, and sexual preference. The community has all walks of life and we will include them into our coffee shop.

TruthToTell, June 6: BUDGET STANDOFF: Blinking? or Blindfolded? - AUDIO BELOW

On-air date: 
Mon, 06/06/2011

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The budget impasse in Minnesota brought a state government shutdown at Fiscal Year's end – June 30. State workers were furloughed July 1, in the absence of a budget resolution between DFL Governor Mark Dayton and GOP Legislative majority leadership by the June 30 deadline.

Many citizens found the debate revolving around some seemingly arcane issues, but the looming $5 billion deficit and a Constitutional requirement for a balanced budget underlying the budget talks.

Dayton had already vetoed untold budget and policy bills he found onerous, and he had cut in half his original request for a tax increase on high-income earners. Dayton considered this a compromise and enough to spawn similar concessions from the Republican majority. They disagreed and stonewalled him for their all-cuts budget. He asked for a mediator to intercede. They refused.

We jump into this discussion in the wake of a two-part series of articles authored by MinnPost columnist and political analyst, Eric Black, taking on the fine print in Minnesota’s constitution versus the historical reality of governing in the 21st Century. The so-called shutdown in 2005, when the partisanship was reversed, was essentially ignored, thanks to a judge’s ruling and then-Attorney General Mike Hatch’s insistence that the requirement that “No money shall be paid out of the treasury of this state except in pursuance of an appropriation by law” represent(s) a breach of separation of powers and that “core functions” of government cannot cease.

Memories are short. Few paid attention to the two-week stoppage six years ago, but this year, it was just as nasty a cessation of salaries and state services. An all-cuts approach to the deficit and to governance was unacceptable to Dayton and many advocates, and budget analysts and activists join us to say why.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI talk with our guests as to where this should have gone, could go next year and why.

GUESTS:

ERIC BLACK – columnist (EricBlackInk) and political analyst, MinnPost.com

NAN MADDEN – Director, Minnesota Budget Project, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

VIRGINIA SIMSON – US UnCut Minnesota activist


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TruthToTell Mon, Nov 15 @9AM: HOME BIRTHING - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org; TTT Nov 8: Election Post-Mortem

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TruthToTell Mon, Nov 15 @9AM: HOME BIRTHING: The Natural Thing - or Dangerous? - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org

After years of "professionalization" and “medicalization” of the entire parenting process from conception through delivery, many families, say, women, are opting for a simpler method, in the home with a successor to the old days of midwifery, the modern, professional midwife, or licensed midwife, or doula.

The medical profession appears pretty unhappy over this turn of events and is arguing against home birthing for all the reasons medical intervention was introduced to begin with decades ago: it’s essentially the only really safe way to deliver and, in that setting, all the options for emergency deliveries are close at hand.

There’s the rub and that’s what TruthToTell’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN will explore with advocates, hopefully from all sides of this controversy, much of which has landed in the halls of state capitols and in the medical journals, especially those of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the AMA. But midwives and home birthing advocates have successfully pushed for laws allowing the home birthing of children and still have access to and coverage for emergency medical procedures and pediatric follow-up care for infants. Join us Monday morning for this fascinating discussion.

GUESTS:

KATHERINE PROWN, PhD – The Big Push for Midwives

KIM GARRETT – Dearborn Midwifery; Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife

SUNDEE KUECHLE - Home Birth Mother

INVITED: ANDREA FLOM, MD – President, Minnesota Section, American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology OR another spokesperson for ACOG's position

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TruthToTell Nov 8: ELECTION BLUES? Or a Progressive Call to Action? AUDIO HERE

The junkiest of us political junkies can't help but dissect the stunning outcomes of the 2010 election, especially Minnesota's swing to a Republican majority in both houses of the state legislature. This junkie actually thought that reports of Democratic deaths were greatly exaggerated - that people would come to their senses and not vote - yet again - against their own best interests. But they did, whether they believe it now or not.

After a day or two of catching breaths and turning off the media clatter that consumed us before and immediately after the voting ended Tuesday night, we try to examine the ramifications, especially the depth of this touted revolution. Does it really run as deep as its celebrants believe? Or will history come back to bite them in the ass as it has after so many of these so-called political overhauls have. 1910, 1938, 1946, 1974, 1994, 2006. History is rife with midterm backlashes against sitting majorities and/or Presidents of the time only to see the public mood invariably swing back two years later to re-elect those presidents to a second term.

A week will have gone by when, the governor's race recount scheduled and some perspective having actually set in, we bat around the fallout and prospects for the coming Legislature – as well as the future – especially in light of the coming redrawing of our eight Congressional district boundaries and those defining our legislative districts.

TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with former and present officeholders and the one observer of recounts to publish his own book about it. Join us Monday morning.

GUESTS:

STATE REP. KAREN CLARK (DFL-61A) – Current Chair, Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division

STATE REP. JEFFREY HAYDEN (DFL-61B) - Current Vice-Chair: Rules and Legislative Administration

STEVE KELLEY - former MN state senator; Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

JAY WEINER - Author, This is NOT Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Re count ; former Star Tribune reporter; contributing reporter, MinnPost.com