They are the faces of Minnesota’s future, Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken told the nine impressive students assembled around a table at St. Paul College on Tuesday. They’re high academic achievers, campus leaders, community volunteers — and debtors.
Despite those efforts, each of them is racking up debts that will run into five figures when their college careers end. A University of Minnesota pharmacy student said six-figure debt is common in her graduate school cohort.
Their drive to achieve is inspiring, Franken said. But so much student debt is “not good for America, and it’s certainly not good for the young people who will be saddled” with it for years to come.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken anticipates the federal immigration overhaul will contain the so-called DREAM Act that’s geared toward speeding citizenship for young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has endorsed marriage equality, making him the second Republican in the Senate to do so. With Vice President Joe Biden the tie-breaker, this marks the first time that a majority in the U.S. Senate has endorsed same-sex marriage.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Monday said he’s still not satisfied with Euclid Analytics’ privacy practices because the company requires a person to opt out of its tracking technology.
Euclid’s technology is geared towards helping retailers gather data about shoppers’ behavior, such as how many people walk by their storefronts, how many new customers entered their stores on a given week, or how long they stay to shop in the store and which aisles they walked down. The company culls this data by using sensors to pick up the Wi-Fi signal on a consumer’s smart phone.
U.S. Senator Al Franken was in Rochester Thursday, to take a tour of Rochester’s Federal Medical Center, and to listen to the concerns the prison is facing.
Franken spoke to the Warden Jett about the growing concerns regarding over-crowding and the lack of funding.
The senator is pushing his bill that would aim to ease some of the overcrowding concerns by having the inmates examined by the arresting officer, the prosecutor, and judge to determine if the person belongs in a mental health court instead of federal prison, and then diverting them if need be.
Sen. Al Franken received a national award this week for his advocacy on behalf of people who suffer with arthritis.
The Minnesota Democrat received the Arthritis Foundation’s 2013 Advocacy Leadership Award, the nonprofit reported in a news release. It was presented to him during the foundation’s 15th annual Advocacy Summit in Washington this week.
The award cited Franken for his support of the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act as well as aspects of the Affordable Care Act that are significant to people afflicted with arthritis, the news release said.