Your Legislators: Welfare System (April 14, 2016)
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Your Legislators: Welfare System (April 14, 2016)


QUESTIONS PRESENTED DIRECTLY TO
YOU. YOU.
WHAT I’M GOING TO DO FOR THIS WHAT I’M GOING TO DO FOR THIS
PROGRAM TONIGHT, AND I’M NOT PROGRAM TONIGHT, AND I’M NOT
QUITE SURE HOW BARRY WOULD QUITE SURE HOW BARRY WOULD
HANDLE IT, BUT I WILL GO WITH HANDLE IT, BUT I WILL GO WITH
REPRESENTATIVE SENATOR REPRESENTATIVE SENATOR
SWEDZINSKI SWEDZINSKI, AND WE SWEDZINSKI SWEDZINSKI, AND WE
WILL TOSS IT TO YOU FIRST, AND WILL TOSS IT TO YOU FIRST, AND
REPRESENTATIVE SAXHAUG WILL HAVE REPRESENTATIVE SAXHAUG WILL HAVE
THEIR OPPORTUNITY. THEIR OPPORTUNITY.
>>CALLER FROM MINNEAPOLIS SENDS>>CALLER FROM MINNEAPOLIS SENDS
TO US THIS QUESTION. TO US THIS QUESTION.
ACTUALLY THEY ARE MAKING A ACTUALLY THEY ARE MAKING A
STATEMENT, AND THEIR STATEMENT STATEMENT, AND THEIR STATEMENT
IS IF REDUCTIONS WERE MADE IN IS IF REDUCTIONS WERE MADE IN
THE WELFARE SYSTEM THERE WOULD THE WELFARE SYSTEM THERE WOULD
BE MORE WORKERS AVAILABLE SO BE MORE WORKERS AVAILABLE SO
THAT’S AN ASSERTION, AND HOW THAT’S AN ASSERTION, AND HOW
DOES THAT WORK OUT? DOES THAT WORK OUT?
>>WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK AS>>WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK AS
THE GOVERNMENT’S JOB WE WANT TO THE GOVERNMENT’S JOB WE WANT TO
ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO GET IN THE ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO GET IN THE
AREA OF WORK, AND I THINK WHEN AREA OF WORK, AND I THINK WHEN
YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE
BUSINESSES, WHETHER IT BE IN BUSINESSES, WHETHER IT BE IN
SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA OR EVEN THE SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA OR EVEN THE
METRO, I KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF METRO, I KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF
FOLKS THAT ARE ASKING FOLKS TO FOLKS THAT ARE ASKING FOLKS TO
COME AND TAKE A LOOK. COME AND TAKE A LOOK.
IT DOESN’T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF IT DOESN’T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF
TIME AS YOU ARE DRIVING DOWN THE TIME AS YOU ARE DRIVING DOWN THE
HIGHWAY TO SEE HELP WANTED HIGHWAY TO SEE HELP WANTED
SIGNS. SIGNS.
THE BIGGEST QUESTION IS HOW ARE THE BIGGEST QUESTION IS HOW ARE
YOU MOVING FOLKS UP THAT YOU MOVING FOLKS UP THAT
ECONOMIC LADDER, AND WHETHER IT ECONOMIC LADDER, AND WHETHER IT
BE MINING JOBS IN NORTHEAST BE MINING JOBS IN NORTHEAST
MINNESOTA OR AGO BUSINESS JOBS, MINNESOTA OR AGO BUSINESS JOBS,
OR SOME OTHER TYPE OF ECONOMY OR SOME OTHER TYPE OF ECONOMY
JOB WITHIN THE CITY OF JOB WITHIN THE CITY OF
MINNEAPOLIS. MINNEAPOLIS.
THAT’S REALLY THE GOAL TO THAT’S REALLY THE GOAL TO
ENCOURAGE INVESTMENT IN THE ENCOURAGE INVESTMENT IN THE
STATE OF MINNESOTA SO WE HAVE STATE OF MINNESOTA SO WE HAVE
THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRY THAT’S THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRY THAT’S
GOING TO BRING US TO THE NEXT GOING TO BRING US TO THE NEXT
GENERATION AND MOVE PEOPLE UP GENERATION AND MOVE PEOPLE UP
THE ECONOMIC LADDER AND ON I THE ECONOMIC LADDER AND ON I
THINK THERE SHOULD BE SOME WHERE THINK THERE SHOULD BE SOME WHERE
YOU HEAD OUT ON HARD TIMES, YOU HEAD OUT ON HARD TIMES,
SOMETHING SHOULD BE THERE, AND SOMETHING SHOULD BE THERE, AND
FOLKS SAY THERE’S ALSO A PERIOD FOLKS SAY THERE’S ALSO A PERIOD
OF TIME IT’S TIME TO GET THINGS OF TIME IT’S TIME TO GET THINGS
GOING, AND WE WILL SEE HOW THIS GOING, AND WE WILL SEE HOW THIS
THING WORKS. THING WORKS.
>>SENATOR SAXHAUG?>>SENATOR SAXHAUG?
>>TWO YEARS AGO I WAS PAFORT OF>>TWO YEARS AGO I WAS PAFORT OF
AN ECONOMIC TASK FORCE, 8 AN ECONOMIC TASK FORCE, 8
SENATORS, FOUR REPUBLICANS, FOUR SENATORS, FOUR REPUBLICANS, FOUR
DEMOCRATS, ALL RURAL, AND WE GOT DEMOCRATS, ALL RURAL, AND WE GOT
TOGETHER AND TRIED TO DECIDE TOGETHER AND TRIED TO DECIDE
WHAT RURAL MINNESOTA NEEDED TO WHAT RURAL MINNESOTA NEEDED TO
IN FACT MAKE THE ECONOMY GO, AND IN FACT MAKE THE ECONOMY GO, AND
WHAT WAS THE MATTER WITH OUR WHAT WAS THE MATTER WITH OUR
ECONOMY? ECONOMY?
AND WE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION AND WE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION
THAT YES, THERE WAS UNEMPLOYED THAT YES, THERE WAS UNEMPLOYED
PEOPLE IN RURAL, MINNESOTA, BUT PEOPLE IN RURAL, MINNESOTA, BUT
FOR THE MOST PART OUR PROBLEM IS FOR THE MOST PART OUR PROBLEM IS
WE DIDN’T HAVE THE TRAINED WE DIDN’T HAVE THE TRAINED
EDUCATED WORK FORCE THAT WE EDUCATED WORK FORCE THAT WE
NEEDED TO FILL THE JOBS THAT NEEDED TO FILL THE JOBS THAT
WERE AVAILABLE AND SO THAT HAS WERE AVAILABLE AND SO THAT HAS
BEEN THE THRUST — ACTUALLY THE BEEN THE THRUST — ACTUALLY THE
8 OF US, AND WE HAVE AUTHORED 8 OF US, AND WE HAVE AUTHORED
SOME BILLS, PARTICULARLY WITH SOME BILLS, PARTICULARLY WITH
CAREER COUNSELING IN OUR HIGH CAREER COUNSELING IN OUR HIGH
SCHOOLS, TRYING TO GET THE HIGH SCHOOLS, TRYING TO GET THE HIGH
SCHOOL KIDS BEFORE THEY ARE SCHOOL KIDS BEFORE THEY ARE
úSENIORS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND SAY úSENIORS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND SAY
HEY, YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT WANT TO HEY, YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT WANT TO
THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE — THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE —
WHETHER WE ARE TALKING WHETHER WE ARE TALKING
AGRICULTURE, MANUFACTURING, AGRICULTURE, MANUFACTURING,
FORESTRY, FORESTRY PRODUCTS, FORESTRY, FORESTRY PRODUCTS,
MINING, AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO MINING, AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO
THINK ABOUT SOME OF THESE THINK ABOUT SOME OF THESE
THINGS, AND WE ARE PREPARED TO THINGS, AND WE ARE PREPARED TO
HELP WITH YOUR CAREER, AND GIVE HELP WITH YOUR CAREER, AND GIVE
YOU THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING YOU THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING
THAT YOU NEED TO STAY IN RURAL THAT YOU NEED TO STAY IN RURAL
MINNESOTA TO FILL THOSE JOBS. MINNESOTA TO FILL THOSE JOBS.
I THINK IT’S A LONG PROCESS. I THINK IT’S A LONG PROCESS.
YOU DON’T DO THIS ALL OF A YOU DON’T DO THIS ALL OF A
SUDDEN, BUT AS CHRIS SAID, IT’S SUDDEN, BUT AS CHRIS SAID, IT’S
IMPORTANT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE IMPORTANT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE
THINK THAT MOST PEOPLE, NOT ALL THINK THAT MOST PEOPLE, NOT ALL
PEOPLE, BUT MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE PEOPLE, BUT MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE
PART OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM ARE PART OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM ARE
TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY UP AND TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY UP AND
WE HAVE GOT TO HELP THEM DO WE HAVE GOT TO HELP THEM DO
THAT. THAT.
IT’S IMPORTANT. IT’S IMPORTANT.
>>REPRESENTATIVE KAHN.>>REPRESENTATIVE KAHN.
>>MUCH OF WHAT MY TWO>>MUCH OF WHAT MY TWO
COLLEAGUES SAID, TRAINING IS COLLEAGUES SAID, TRAINING IS
REALLY IMPORTANT, AND REALLY IMPORTANT, AND
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE
REALLY IMPORTANT, AND OF COURSE REALLY IMPORTANT, AND OF COURSE
ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES IS STEM ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES IS STEM
JOBS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, JOBS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,
ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS, AND ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS, AND
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE
GOOD PREPARATION FOR KIDS IN GOOD PREPARATION FOR KIDS IN
SCHOOL TO BE ABLE TO GO ON TO SCHOOL TO BE ABLE TO GO ON TO
HIGHER EDUCATION IN THOSE HIGHER EDUCATION IN THOSE
FIELDS. FIELDS.
>>PHYLLIS, THAT’S A GREAT>>PHYLLIS, THAT’S A GREAT
POINT, AND I THINK, ESPECIALLY POINT, AND I THINK, ESPECIALLY
IN RURAL, WHEN YOU TALK RURAL IN RURAL, WHEN YOU TALK RURAL
COLLEGES TO JUST MAKING SURE COLLEGES TO JUST MAKING SURE
THAT OUR SCHOOLS OF HIGHER THAT OUR SCHOOLS OF HIGHER
LEARNING ARE SIGNIFICANT, AND IT LEARNING ARE SIGNIFICANT, AND IT
DOES THAT, WHETHER IT BE A DOES THAT, WHETHER IT BE A
SOUTHWEST OR WHATEVER SCHOOL SOUTHWEST OR WHATEVER SCHOOL
THAT MIGHT BE, DO THEY FIT THE THAT MIGHT BE, DO THEY FIT THE
LOCAL ECONOMY, AND ARE THEY LOCAL ECONOMY, AND ARE THEY
OFFERING THE MAJORS THAT ARE OFFERING THE MAJORS THAT ARE
GOING TO — SO WHEN THE GOING TO — SO WHEN THE
BUSINESSES ARE OUT THERE BUSINESSES ARE OUT THERE
RECRUITING, ARE THEY GOING TO BE RECRUITING, ARE THEY GOING TO BE
DRAWING FROM BOSTON OR SOME DRAWING FROM BOSTON OR SOME
OTHER PLACE MIDWEST LIFE IS NOT OTHER PLACE MIDWEST LIFE IS NOT
THE SAME AS OTHER PARTS OF THE THE SAME AS OTHER PARTS OF THE
WORLD. WORLD.
THE BEST THING TO DO IS IF THEY THE BEST THING TO DO IS IF THEY
ARE GOING TO GET THE EDUCATION, ARE GOING TO GET THE EDUCATION,
THEY MIGHT GET IT CLOSE AT HOME. THEY MIGHT GET IT CLOSE AT HOME.
>>IN MY DAY, MOM AND DAD SAID>>IN MY DAY, MOM AND DAD SAID
YOU ARE GOING TO COLLEGE, AND I YOU ARE GOING TO COLLEGE, AND I
DID, AND IT TOOK A LITTLE WHILE, DID, AND IT TOOK A LITTLE WHILE,
BUT I GOT THERE. BUT I GOT THERE.
NOW THERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS, NOW THERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS,
THAT YOU KNOW, IF YOU PUT PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW, IF YOU PUT PEOPLE
INTO GOOD TWO-YEAR TRAINING AND INTO GOOD TWO-YEAR TRAINING AND
GET THEM INTO JOURNEYMAN, GET THEM INTO JOURNEYMAN,
THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY THERE THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY THERE
THAT’S DIFFERENT FROM THE THAT’S DIFFERENT FROM THE
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. COLLEGE EXPERIENCE.
>>I HAVE GOT TO TELL YOU MY>>I HAVE GOT TO TELL YOU MY
STORY. STORY.
MY STORY ABOUT WHEN I WAS IN OUR MY STORY ABOUT WHEN I WAS IN OUR
NINTH GRADE. NINTH GRADE.
NINTH GRADE CIVICS TEACHER GETS NINTH GRADE CIVICS TEACHER GETS
UP IN FRONT OF ME AND SAYS KIDS, UP IN FRONT OF ME AND SAYS KIDS,
IF YOU WERE IN EUROPE, YOU WOULD IF YOU WERE IN EUROPE, YOU WOULD
BE TAKING A TEST, AND IT WOULD BE TAKING A TEST, AND IT WOULD
DECIDE WHETHER YOU WERE GOING TO DECIDE WHETHER YOU WERE GOING TO
GO TO TRADE SCHOOL OR COLLEGE. GO TO TRADE SCHOOL OR COLLEGE.
EVERYBODY WENT WHOO. EVERYBODY WENT WHOO.
AS I THINK BACK THAT MODEL WOULD AS I THINK BACK THAT MODEL WOULD
HAVE SERVED US A LOT BETTER IN HAVE SERVED US A LOT BETTER IN
RURAL MINNESOTA FOR SURE. RURAL MINNESOTA FOR SURE.
>>YOU ARE TRAVELING IN WESTERN>>YOU ARE TRAVELING IN WESTERN
AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA, AND HELP AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA, AND HELP
WANTED SIGNS UP ALL OVER. WANTED SIGNS UP ALL OVER.
THESE GREAT MANUFACTURING JOBS THESE GREAT MANUFACTURING JOBS
ARE GOOD FOR PEOPLE, AND IT’S ARE GOOD FOR PEOPLE, AND IT’S
THE SAME AS IN THE METRO. THE SAME AS IN THE METRO.
>>YES.>>YES.
>>AND THE PROBLEM IS WE DON’T>>AND THE PROBLEM IS WE DON’T
HAVE — WE HAVE THE SHORTAGE OF HAVE — WE HAVE THE SHORTAGE OF
WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SHORTAGE OF WORKERS, AND WE HAVE SHORTAGE OF
PEOPLE READY TO FILL THOSE JOBS PEOPLE READY TO FILL THOSE JOBS
AND THAT’S WHY THE TECHNICAL AND THAT’S WHY THE TECHNICAL
TRAINING AND STEM TRAINING IS SO TRAINING AND STEM TRAINING IS SO
IMPORTANT, AND IT’S SO IMPORTANT IMPORTANT, AND IT’S SO IMPORTANT
TO HAVE PEOPLE LOOKING TO DO IT. TO HAVE PEOPLE LOOKING TO DO IT.
I ALWAYS AS THE ONLY WOMAN HERE I ALWAYS AS THE ONLY WOMAN HERE
ON THIS TABLE, I ALWAYS PUT IN ON THIS TABLE, I ALWAYS PUT IN
THE THING THAT — THE PROBLEM THE THING THAT — THE PROBLEM
THAT WE HAVE WITH DISCOURAGING THAT WE HAVE WITH DISCOURAGING
GIRLS FROM GOING INTO THOSE GIRLS FROM GOING INTO THOSE
FIELDS. FIELDS.
ONE OF THE THINGS I TALKED ABOUT ONE OF THE THINGS I TALKED ABOUT
THE IMPORTANCE OF A TWO-YEAR THE IMPORTANCE OF A TWO-YEAR
EDUCATION. EDUCATION.
I VISITED AN ENGINEERING CLASS I VISITED AN ENGINEERING CLASS
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
RECENTLY, AND THE FIRST SURPRISE RECENTLY, AND THE FIRST SURPRISE
I HAD WAS IT DIDN’T LOOK THAT I HAD WAS IT DIDN’T LOOK THAT
MUCH BETTER THAN WHEN I WENT TO MUCH BETTER THAN WHEN I WENT TO
SCHOOL. SCHOOL.
I THINK THEY WANT TWO YOUNG I THINK THEY WANT TWO YOUNG
WOMEN IN IT, AND WOMEN HAVE DONE WOMEN IN IT, AND WOMEN HAVE DONE
WELL IN THINGS LIKE LAW AND WELL IN THINGS LIKE LAW AND
MEDICINE, AND STILL NOT GETTING MEDICINE, AND STILL NOT GETTING
INTO ENGINEERING REALLY. INTO ENGINEERING REALLY.
BUT THE OTHER QUESTION OR THE BUT THE OTHER QUESTION OR THE
QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED IS HOW QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED IS HOW
MANY HAD COME TO THIS CLASS FROM MANY HAD COME TO THIS CLASS FROM
TWO-YEAR INSTITUTION, AND IT WAS TWO-YEAR INSTITUTION, AND IT WAS
HALF THE CLASS, AND THAT, I HALF THE CLASS, AND THAT, I
THOUGHT, WAS ABSOLUTELY THOUGHT, WAS ABSOLUTELY
TERRIFIC. TERRIFIC.
BECAUSE YOU ARE GETTING PEOPLE, BECAUSE YOU ARE GETTING PEOPLE,
AND GETTING A LESS EXPENSIVE AND GETTING A LESS EXPENSIVE
EDUCATION AND GETTING SOMETHING

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