There’s actually an election going on in Québec, but from the look of TV screens in Manitoba, you’d guess the writ was about to drop there as well.
The embattled NDP is on the attack, pasting PC leader Brian Pallister as a reckless job and services cutter. The need to dig back 15 years for embarrassing quotes seems to indicate that Pallister is taking his chances at the premiership as seriously as the rest of Manitoba.
The Minnesota legislature is taking data privacy seriously. Good show! Better protections for personal data, whether in the hands of retailers or the government, are sorely needed.
The North Dakota University System confessed that its alumni database containing Social Security Numbers was hacked. They found out February 7th, and the public and students? Only just now.
If they still have your email address.
So on top of crippling student debt and limited employment prospects, we now have to suffer Identity Theft?
The diversion of the Red River to protect Fargo-Moorhead from flooding is getting further funding for engineering studies. Perhaps the pace of the project will begin to accelerate once a final plan is drawn up.
If you own
the landmineral rights near North Dakota’s key landmarks, you have no responsibility to your neighbours and future generations to preserve them. Thanks, Jack.
Manitoba’s Ukrainian community has been rocked in its seats by the turmoil in Ukraine, and has raised thousands for humanitarian relief. Ukrainian-Canadians are worried that democracy in their homeland is at stake.
Manitoba Hydro will be promising power to Wisconsin in two long-term electricity deals, one of which depends on a dam that has not yet been built. In North Dakota, we may not have hydro capacity, but there’s still plenty of wind left to be tapped.
Factoring in Medicaid coverage, North Dakota’s tepid participation in health care reform has managed to cover 7000 people, placing it just ahead of South Dakota and Wyoming, which refused essential coverage to the least fortunate.
North Dakota still has a major donut hole in affordability, however — there is a gap of over $2800 (even more, for older people) between the highest income for Medicaid coverage and the point where the cheapest plan on the market is affordable.
If HealthCare.gov worked as advertised, and the federal subsidy factored in, it’d hardly be an issue. But there are still applications — including mine — that just haven’t gone through.
With March 31 being the key deadline to sign up, I’m faced with a situation where I’m seriously considering calling an insurer directly to get the insurance I’m required to have. But if I do that, I’ll have to forfeit the subsidy I would get on the exchange. Apparently, if you don’t do it on the exchange, you can’t even get your subsidy as a credit on next year’s taxes.
President Obama highlighted transportation infrastructure in a speech in St. Paul Union Station, and the need for Congress to provide steady funding for the nation’s transportation networks in the face of stagnant fuel tax levies in a nation slowly but surely becoming less dependent on the gas pump.
I have to applaud North Dakota Game and Fish for setting up a webcast of their meeting tonight. Even better, they pledge to have a video recording available afterward. Here’s hoping that more and more state agencies follow their lead in expanding the public record.