Tom Steward

Womens' Lawsuit Aims to End Forced Unionization

Womens' Lawsuit Aims to End Forced Unionization

MINNEAPOLIS–To some, the actions of the Connecticut legislature that enabled a child care provider’s union in Connecticut, might appear to add momentum to SEIU and AFCSME’s national campaign to conscript family child care business owners into becoming card-carrying dues-paying union members

Feds Spend $1 Billion to Get Kids to Walk and Bike to School

Feds Spend $1 Billion to Get Kids to Walk and Bike to School

Federal program features Talk and Trek Tuesdays, Walking School Busses and Bicycle Rodeos Not so long ago, kids walked and biked to their neighborhood school as a matter of course. Now, there’s a federal government program that spends hundreds of

Rural Electric Customers Pay Steep Price for Wind Power Mandate

Rural Electric Customers Pay Steep Price for Wind Power Mandate

“Paying for wind we don’t need, can’t use and can’t sell” Taxpayers already pay a high price to subsidize wind energy through billions in federal grants, loan guarantees and tax credits that prop up the “windustry”.  We now know the

Minnesota Non-Profits Receive $440,000 to Oppose Keystone Pipeline

Minnesota Non-Profits Receive $440,000 to Oppose Keystone Pipeline

Three Minnesota environmental non-profit advocacy groups have received nearly half a million dollars in out-of-state foundation funding to oppose the Keystone oil pipeline project, according to a Freedom Foundation of Minnesota analysis. The California funding to state groups comes as a surprise,

Tanning Tax Takes a Toll as Dozens of Minnesota Salons Fold

Small salons burned in what industry calls “classic example of how not to write tax policy” It’s that time of year again. Thousands of Minnesotans begin implementing evacuation plans to temporarily relocate somewhere south and warm. Before embarking, many make

Home Daycare Providers Organize Against Statewide Unionization Campaign

Controversial card check drive by AFSCME and SEIU aims for governor’s executive order Thousands of licensed Minnesota day care providers may soon become unionized at the stroke of Governor Dayton’s pen via executive order as an increasingly contentious, yet largely

Subsidized Energy-Saving Programs Pay Off Big for Nonprofit Provider

Funding from federal stimulus to Exxon leads to banner income in 2009 despite recession The Minneapolis-based nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) has marketed residential energy conservation programs under the slogan, “Save Energy, Save Money!” However, according to tax

Federal Lobbying by Minnesota's Local Governments Flies Under the Radar

Local governments in Minnesota have already spent at least $729,000 of taxpayer money this year to lobby policymakers in Washington, DC. If federal lobbying records are any indication, Minnesota’s local governments are increasingly turning to our nation’s capital in search

Minnesota Communities go on Spending Spree Funded by Stimulus Bonds

Vice President Joe Biden met with state and local government officials from across the country last year to provide guidance on spending federal stimulus funds. Biden implored local leaders to focus on only essential infrastructure needs that will put people

'Symbolic' Wind Turbines Generating More P.R. Than Power

Now that most of twelve California wind turbines retrofitted for Minnesota winters are finally operational, several cities have acknowledged to the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota that the $5 million project may be more suited for generating PR–both good and bad–than

Stimulus Spending for Laptops and iPods?

Minnesota has declined to make public its list of recommended projects for the first round of broadband stimulus funding until Washington announces the lucky recipients beginning in early November. Sure, many other states have released their prioritized lists of applicants

An Early ACORN Whistleblower: Karen Inman

Well before Congress defunded the discredited community organizing group ACORN, the current scandal had its genesis in the most surprising of places, ACORN’s own national board of directors. In the summer of 2008, a small group of ACORN directors blew