Talking Points: St. Paul's Paid Parental LeaveIn his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $2 billion to help states create paid family and medical leave programs.
Good Question: How Do We Measure Inflation?Starting next year, Social Security benefits will rise 1.7 percent -- or about $20 a month based on an average monthly Social Security payment of $1,192. That increase, or cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), has been pegged to the consumer price index (CPI) since 1975. It's one of several ways to measure inflation. So, how do we measure the CPI?
Officials: Fatal Workplace Injuries Up Slightly In 2012There was a slight rise in fatal workplace injuries in Minnesota last year compared to 2011, according to a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Officials said 70 people died last year in work-related incidents, which is 10 more than 2011’s all-time low of 60.
Good Question: How Will Social Security Changes Affect Benefits?More than 50 million Americans get a social security check every month. But some Democrats and liberal groups are upset about a proposed change in the way the cost of living adjustment is calculated. Making a switch could save more than $100 billion in 10 years.
Opinion: Jobless Numbers And The Newest Right Wing Conspiracy TheoryThere is a new breed of truthers on the right. Joining the paranoid ranks of the advocates of a government role in 9-11 and the birthers fascination with President Obama's birth certificate are conservatives that believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is making up jobs numbers to benefit President Obama.
Good Question: How Many Of Us Still Get A Pension?In last night’s presidential debate, the topic of pensions provided a surprisingly tense exchange between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. The president joked that his pension is “not as big” as Romney’s.
Reality Check: The Jobs NumbersRepublicans are crying "foul" over new jobs numbers showing the unemployment rate dropping to 7.8 percent - the lowest rate since President Obama took office.
Reality Check: Workplace Violence In Minn.The shooting at Accent Signage Systems is the worst incidence of workplace violence in Minnesota since the state started keeping records 20 years ago.

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