2018 House State Fair Poll

Minnesota Report We at Checks & Balances are continuing our tradition of publishing the State Fair Polls found at the State Fair booths in the Education Building. Again, as we have said before, these provide an insight into the mindset and the issues of interest...

2017 House State Fair Poll

Minnesota Report Official Ballot  Minnesota House of Representatives 2017 State Fair Poll Question 1. Should handheld cell phone use be illegal when operating a motor vehicle, except in emergency situations?...

MN Legislators Pay Less than that of a Seattle Barista

This November voters will be asked to vote on a Constitutional Amendment to create an independent commission to set the salaries for legislators pay. Now many people will point out legislators work only part-time, which is not true because their responsibilities are...

Minimum Wage Work-Around

As the conference committee on the Minimum Wage continues to stand at an impasse’, we thought we saw an opportunity to move things forward in the overall debate. When we inquired as to the support amongst the majority party members on both sides, we learned the Senate...

C&B 1997: The Lobbyists: Association Lobbyist Judy Cook

Judy E. Cook is President of the Minnesota Retail Merchants Association (MRMA), the statewide trade association that represents more than 2,200 stores. Judy joined the MRMA staff in 1983 and has been President since 1989. She was picked one of the “Eight Most...