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Billionaire Governor Taxed The Rich & Increased Minimum Wage: Look What Happened

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When Minnesota governor Mark Dayton took office in January of 2011 he inherited quite the difficult situation to turn around. The midwestern state was drowning in a $6.2 billion budget deficit and had a troubling 7% unemployment rate.

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Coming in on the heels of Tim Pawlenty, a leader who failed to generate any substantial new revenue and created only 6,200 new jobs, the pressure was on for Dayton to do better. As the billionaire heir to the Target fortune, many didn’t expect Dayton to be capable of much of anything, but now, over 5 years in office, he has effected real change for the North Star State.

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To do this, Governor Dayton implemented two key factors that to many may seem commonsensical: he implemented higher taxes on the rich and increased minimum wage.

The income tax increase impacted individuals earning over $150,000 and couples combining to earn over $250,000, as they were now taxed at a rate of 9.85% (up from 7.85%). This hike has since helped the state drastically chip away at its budget deficit, including in 2013 when the New York Times reported that Dayton’s change had raised taxes by $2.1 billion that year.

The minimum wage has been promised to be raised to $9.50/hour by 2018, and currently sits at $9.00/hour after most recently being bumped in July of 2015. The July increase is the second wave of the planned three-stage increase that has made Minnesota into the state with the highest minimum wage in the Midwest. (source)

In addition to the wage increase, Governor Dayton also passed a state law guaranteeing equal pay for women.

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Between 2011 and 2015 over 172,000 new jobs were added to Minnesota’s economy, a positively startling number when compared to the 6,200 his predecessor managed to create. Minnesota now stands tied with the 7th lowest unemployment rate in the United States at 3.5%, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in December of 2015.

Overall as a state, there are expectations of a nearly $2 billion budget surplus through 2017. (source)

Governor Dayton’s methods have not been without criticism, largely rooted in a fear that this tactic would drive away the big corporations/job creators, but it is certainly hard to argue with the results thus far.

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What are your thoughts on the progress that Governor Dayton has made in the state of Minnesota? Do you agree with his approach? Or do you feel that it is not a feasible solution? Let us know via the comment section below.

I personally enjoy coming across stories and statistics such as this, especially when they involve uncommon solutions that seemingly work to aid problematic situations. At this point there is, to me, overwhelming evidence that corporate interests dictate far too much of the political landscape — something that Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders recently exposed during a live debate.

While I do not necessarily support everything behind Bernie’s campaign, I do appreciate his willingness to make such a bold statement to the public. To find out more about the stances of Joe and I, from the CE team, on Bernie’s big reveal I encourage you to check out the following segment from our new These Guys episode:

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Attention Readers: We’ve Moved Our Journalism To The Pulse

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A large portion of our journalism that you’re used to seeing on our Collective Evolution platform has now moved over to The Pulse. We will be publishing most of our news articles there, while Collective Evolution focuses more on personal development.

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We’ve done this for a number of reasons, mainly due to the struggles we’ve had with regards to extreme censorship at Collective Evolution. We hope you join us over at The Pulse in our quest to keep doing what we do!

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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