Minneapolis looking at 6.5% property tax levy increase

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Stribber Liz Navratil says, “Minneapolis residents could be facing a 6.5% property tax levy rise next year, although its effects wouldn’t seem to be felt equally across the city. This disparity concerns some members of Board of Estimate & Taxation. The six-member board voted in a split vote Wednesday to allow officials to approve the Mayor Jacob Frey’s tax levy proposal later in the year. The figure will be negotiated with the City Council in the fall. However, the council has adopted many of his recommendations in the past. The Board President Samantha Prees-Stinson, Vice President Steve Brandt and the Vice President Steve Brandt were elected directly to the board. They voted to lower the maximum property tax. This was because the North Side wards which have been historically marginalized are most likely to experience the greatest impact.

MPR News’ Emily Bright and Megan Birks said, “… The All Things Considered team wanted a look back at how the state’s health systems are doing financially during this period of the pandemic.” Sayeh Nikpay is a health economist and associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Division of Health Policy and Management joined the show on Tuesday. We hear lots of criticisms about executive pay. How does this compare to Minnesota’s health systems? Data from nonprofit hospitals shows that the average pay of a CEO is eight times higher than the average national worker. It really depends on the circumstances whether that is too much or too little. However, if you’re a nurse who is coming out of a period of intense stress and potentially hazardous work conditions, I think it would be reasonable to look at the performance and share in the gains of hospitals following the pandemic. The research shows us that many hospitals have remained the same as before the pandemic. There are some hospitals, including those in the Twin Cities market and the Minnesota market that are doing much better than before the pandemic.

KSTP-TV Mia Laube reports that a shooting involving Minneapolis Police resulted in a response to a 911-hang-up Call around 5:30 Tuesday night. The department released a press release on Wednesday morning. Minneapolis police report that 2nd Precinct officers responded to a 911 caller who hung up. They went to a house on the 3400 block on Fifth Street Northeast. Officers tried to communicate with the residents through a window, but were directed to the back by the homeowner. Police claim officers entered the home through an unlocked back door and announced their presence. Then, they heard ‘cries for help’. Police say that a man approached one of the officers with his gun and started an exchange of fire.

In The Minnesota Reformer Deena winter writes that “a former senior policy advisor to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, and former chairof the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority — both appointed by Frey — were charged Tuesday in connection to what federal agents claim was a scheme defrauding the government and needy children of 125 millions meals. These are only two of the most prominent instances of fraud’s reach deep into the city’s elite political circles. “The mayor’s office stated that they are grateful to U.S. attorney (Andy) Luger for their work in this case. These allegations are horrendous.”

Stribber Kelly Smith reports. Hanna Marekegn was overcome with tears as she claimed that her catering business was in ruins financially due to refusing to pay Feeding Our Future $150,000 in kickbacks. The nonprofit demanded the money to facilitate federal reimbursements for children in need. Marekegn stated that she was terminated after being asked for a kickback. She also said that it was a verbal request and that she could not document it. Marekegn, owner of Brava Cafe in Minneapolis said that a Feeding Our Future employee asked for a kickback. But Marekegn refused and was then accused by Aimee Bock of fraud and overbilling. She stopped working with her.

KMSP TV Theo Keith states that an audit of $200,000,000 in grants given to Minnesota health care providers in the COVID-19 Pandemic revealed weaknesses in Minnesota’s processes but found no fraud or waste. The Office of the Legislative Auditor’s report shows that the Minnesota Department of Health had sufficient controls over the grants. Auditors discovered that the agency did not consistently document conflicts of interest disclosures or how it assessed grant requests. They also failed to comply with state requirements. Unspent grant funds weren’t always returned to health officials.

A Reuters story by Susan Lynch states that Mike Lindell, My Pillow Inc chief executive, and ally of former President Donald Trump is currently under U.S. federal investigations for identity theft and conspiracy to damage a protected computer in connection to a suspected Colorado voting equipment security breach. On Wednesday, Lindell’s lawyers uploaded a copy to the U.S. Magistrate Tony Leung for Minnesota federal court. This warrant authorized Lindell to search and seize a protected computer.

Talking Points Memo Christina Cabrera states that former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman led the state’s fraudulent 2020 election audit, which failed to uncover any voter fraud whatsoever. He urged fellow conservatives this month to start a “revolution”. Gableman made the call while he was giving a speech to a GOP Outagamie County dinner, Sept. 9. As shown in a video published Lauren Windsor, a liberal activist. He said, “For the first times in my life, i am beginning to wonder whether America’s best days have passed us.” Ex-justice stated that Americans’ comfort’ was preventing them from taking action. It’s this very comfort that keeps us from what our founders believed revolution is the only way to maintain an honest government. Gableman stated.

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