Many Americans will hear the word “Brexit” for the first time today. No, it’s not the name of some newly concocted stock index or a must-try low-calorie cereal; it’s in fact the term used to describe United Kingdom leaving (or potentially leaving) the European Union.
The history of the Bachman’s family and their vegetable farm in south Minneapolis goes back well over a century. Currently their family-owned business is the host of notable events like the Upper Midwest Koi Show and the Winter Farmers Markets. But for ten of the family members, the prospect of legally growing a previously banned ‘medicine’ has placed a whole new range of media attention upon their collective surname.
Minnesota Connected was recently given the chance to interview the gubernatorial governor candidate Jeff Johnson (GOP) — the interview took place hours before his first debate with Mark Dayton (DFL) in Rochester (available to view here). Our conversation focused on a variety of policy issues, but we found a number of non-political tangents to wander down as well.
Minnesota Connected: Obviously the debate today is a big deal, what are three of the major points you want those viewing to take with them?
Jeff Johnson: Mark Dayton is out of touch with the middle-class and his interest is more in government bureaucracy and special interests than in serving the middle-class. That’s my overall theme, but I can break that down into three pieces: first, we aren’t growing good jobs in the state. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics last week we’re dead last in the Midwest for job growth rate in the last year and we’re 41st in the country. We may be growing jobs, but we are growing them at a slow rate and we aren’t getting the good wage jobs that the middle-class needs to survive.