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Phil Krinkie, St. Paul, column: Government workers’ pay, benefits need reform

September 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Unless the governor and Legislature undertake the challenge to make substantial changes to the state employee compensation system, there will be a growing animosity toward public sector workers, who get higher wages and better benefits than those who are paying the taxes that keep them employed. Continue Reading

Phil Krinkie, St. Paul, column: We could call it, ‘Tax reform on a stick’

September 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

If Gov. Dayton truly is seeking a fair and simple tax system, he should adopt the “State Fair” model; where everybody pays something, rich or poor, young or old, and contributes to supporting state services. Continue Reading

Phil Krinkie, St. Paul, column: Legislative success = good fiscal management

May 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

While not glamorous, putting Minnesota back on sound financial footing is the single most important job for our lawmakers. Our state’s fiscal health should be front and center in any post-session analysis. Continue Reading

Column: Dayton’s dismal record

April 17, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL When Gov. Mark Dayton took office in January 2011, he spoke of working with the newly elected Republican majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate. During his inaugural speech he said to the Legislature, “Let’s get Minnesota working again by working together.” Continue Reading

Letter: Columnist wrong on Voter ID

April 5, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Phil Krinkie is speculating as to the negative impact of requiring photo IDs to vote. He and most of the Republican-controlled Legislature supposedly don’t understand why there should be a problem with requiring photo IDs. Continue Reading

Column: A right, not a priviledge

April 3, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Recently both the Minnesota House and Senate passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a government issued photo identification before casting their ballot. The bill passed both bodies with solely Republican votes. Continue Reading

Phil Krinkie, St. Paul, column: Go home, Minnesota legislators

March 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Legislative leaders shouldn’t wait until late April to end this do-nothing session; they should pull the plug now. The budget fire that was blazing out of control last year has been extinguished, and it’s time for the firefighters to go home. Continue Reading

Column: We’ll gladly pay you Tuesday

March 13, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Anyone who has watched a “Popeye” cartoon is familiar with the character “Wimpy.” He is the unassuming gentleman who always seems to be hungry for a hamburger, but never has any cash. Continue Reading

Column: Why the change of heart on taxes?

February 21, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Last summer, with each passing day of the government shutdown, lawmakers faced increasing pressure to fill the state’s multi-billion dollar budget gap with additional tax revenues. But the majority stood firm. Continue Reading

Column: Lessons from ‘The Blind Side’

February 7, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL With the Vikings stadium debate still occupying center stage this legislative season, one can’t help but think of another football drama that played out on the big screen a few years ago.
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