Fast Facts

This section is devoted to providing "fast facts" or easy to remember tidbits about on-going political issues.

  • There have been 1,449 casualties in the war in Afghanistan, with 2010 being the most deadly year for U.S. Troops (as of Jan. 8, 2011)
  • In 2007 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that women were making 78 cents for every dollar earned by their male co-workers.  
  • There have been 4, 432 casualties in the Iraq war, with 2007 being the deadliest year for U.S. troops (as of January 8, 2011).  
    1. A bill modifying "environmental review requirements"
    2. A bill for an act relating to the state budget; creating priority-based budget process*; establishing a sunset process for state agencies
    3. A bill to establish alternative teacher licensing
    4. A bill requiring a "reduction in the state workforce"
    5. A bill establishing a wage and benefit freeze for state employees
    6. A bill increasing the penalty for sexual criminal misconduct in the first degree (administrator note: why not all criminal sexual misconduct?)
    7. A bill abolishing certain local government mandates**
    8. A bill requiring the formation of a plan to redesign service delivery for lower-income MinnesotaCare enrollees
    9. A bill abolishing prohibition on issuing certificate of need for new nuclear power plant*** 
    10. A bill which reduces the tax burden of corporations
** repealing the requirement that school districts reserve revenue for staff in-service education; repealing the requirement that districts enter into a collective bargaining agreement on or before January 15 of even-numbered calendar years; repealing the law requiring a certain amount of revenue be used to reduce class sizes; etc.  (administrator note: much of this is union-busting legislation aimed at Education Minnesota)
*** This is more commonly known as "lifting the moratorium" on nuclear power

  • "Past Month" use statistics for the population 18+: Any illicit drug ~ 11.8%; Marijuana ~ 9.4%; Non-medical use of a prescription drug ~ 3.7%; Alcohol use ~ 58.9%; BINGE ALCOHOL USE ~ 31%; HEAVY ALCOHOL USE ~ 9.8%; CIGARETTES ~ 31.4% (U.S. Census Bureau 2005)
  • According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, 12.2% of the arrests made in 2008 were for "drug abuse violations."  Of those, 89% were for possession, 44% for possession of marijuana.