This session is going to be fairly short and mostly sweet. Short because the House is up for reelection this year and those legislators want to get out and campaign. Sweet because there is a $1.23 billion budget surplus so there is a lot of room for the Democrats, Republicans and the Governor to get a few of their legislative priorities passed.
First, we’ve probably placed too much emphasis on early education. Don’t get me wrong. What happens in the early years is crucial. But human capital development takes a generation. If you really want to make an impact, you’ve got to have a developmental strategy for all the learning stages, ages 0 to 25.
Youth activities are up, crime is down in Brooklyn Park
Youth crime has dropped steadily in Brooklyn Park since the northern suburb began ramping up after-school programs — from basketball to ballet to homework sessions. Crimes involving juveniles as suspects or victims have dropped every year since 2008, plunging from 1,158 serious and misdemeanor offenses that year to 634 in 2013, said Police Commander Mark Bruley.
Small publishing company relaunches after four-year hiatus
“I had to make another decision whether to keep going with Black Umbrella Books at the same pace as I was going, which was about a book a year, or I could take my energy from that and focus it on Life House.”