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      The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2) 2019 BLB Spring Season in Minneapolis

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      May 27, 2019

      Monday   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (weekly on Mondays for 9 times)

      810 West Lake Street
      Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

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      The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2) 2019 BLB Spring Season

      Join The Theater of Public Policy each Monday this April and May for shows with candidates for office, journalists and authors, and one very popular meteorologist.
      But what is The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2)?
      • Shows open with a lively conversation with a newsmaker or policy wonk.
      • That conversation inspires a team of Minnesota’s most talented improvisers, who create entirely spontaneous sketches based on the interview.
      • The expert guest then answers questions from the audience.
      • The show wraps with one last round of improv from the cast.

      Described “As if C-SPAN were suddenly swarmed by the cast of SNL,” The Theater of Public Policy has garnered national media attention and local fans for its unique blend of serious issues and improv comedy.

      The Theater of Public Policy
      Spring 2019 Guests:

      April 1 – Minnesota and Recreational Marijuana
      Senator Melisa Franzen, Senate District 49
      Leili Fatehi, Campaign Manager, Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation
      Talk of legalizing recreational marijuana burned brightly at the Minnesota Legislature early this session, then went out in a puff of smoke. But the debate’s not over. Activists and legislators argue marijuana legalization is about overturning a racially unjust system as much as its about freedom and liberty. We will talk with the author of the Senate bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in Minnesota, as well as the head of the campaign for “Responsible Marijuana Legalization.”

      April 8 – Attorney General Keith Ellison
      After six terms in U.S. House, Keith Ellison ran to be Minnesota’s Attorney General, and won. In his first few months in this new position, his office has joined a multi-state lawsuit against President Trump’s emergency border wall declaration, taken a special focus on wage theft in Minnesota, and made the office more public than it had been under his predecessor. What can we expect from him and the A.G. Office in the next three and a half years? We’ll ask him that, and lots more.

      April 15 ¬¬– Hennepin County Commissioners
      Marion Greene, Hennepin County Commission Chair, Representative for District 3
      Angela Conley, Representative, Hennepin County Commission District 4
      From transportation to housing, parks to waste water, the Hennepin County Board has a say in a myriad of issues that affect citizens’ daily lives. The Chair of the Hennepin County Board, Marion Greene, along with one of its newest members, Angela Conley, join us to help explain why county government matters. Together, the two represent all of Minneapolis on the board, as well as part of St. Louis Park and Edina.

      April 22 ¬– There’s A New Sheriff In Town
      Dave Hutch , Hennepin County Sheriff
      Last year, former Metro Transit sergeant Dave Hutch unseated longtime Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, becoming the first openly gay sheriff in the Midwest. Sheriff Hutch has promised reform across the police department, from how inmates are treated in custody (including new procedures for trans inmates) to how it interacts with federal immigration agencies. Three months into the new job, we will ask him how those reforms are going, what we can expect in the years ahead, and if he can do something about this parking ticket.

      April 29 ¬– Provider Tax Sunset
      Mark Haverman, Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence.
      Jim Schowalter, Former CEO of the Council of Health Plans
      MinnesotaCare is a health insurance program for those earning too much to qualify for Medicade but too little to afford insurance on the private market. For the past 27 years, it has been funded by a 2% assessment on licensed health care professionals. But that tax is set to sunset this year. Whether to renew the tax, replace it with something else, or scrap it all together is one of the hottest and wonkiest debates at the Minnesota Legislature this term. We’ve got two experts and some improv comedy to help make sense of it all.

      May 6 – Metropolitan Council Chair
      Nora Slawik, Chair, Metropolitan Council
      Imagine being the head coordinator for a region comprising seven counties and 188 different communities. Now imagine trying to those places to work together on everything from housing and land stewardship to transportation and energy. That’s new Metropolitan Council Chair Nora Slawik’s job. We’ll ask her how she’s enjoying playing out the real life version of Sim City and whether we can still add a Southwest Lightrail stop by the Bryant Lake Bowl.

      May 13 – Labor!
      Javier Morillo-Alicea, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26
      The Labor Movement helped build the middle class in the United States. Yet union membership has been declining for decades. Recent court decisions have raised new challenges and questions about labor’s future. Yet it still is an important bulwark for worker rights and in politics generally. How is the labor movement today and in Minnesota? What is its future?

      May 20 – The Show Goes to the (Therapy) Dogs!
      Sarah Palm, Researcher, Nature Based Therapeutics at the University of Minnesota
      Colleen Crockford, Human-Animal Bond Social Worker with Crockford Consulting
      Dr. Tim Lewis, Professor at the University of St. Thomas
      Anyone who has ever loved a pet doesn’t need an improv comedy show to tell them that animals can make us better versions of ourselves. Yet a growing body of research is expanding our understanding of the science behind the human-animal connection. We will talk with three experts about how animals are used in therapy today and about the cutting edge of research in this field. Will there also be dogs at the show? Come and find out!
      May 27 – Education Commissioner
      Mary Cathryn Ricker, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
      Before school lets out for summer, meet Minnesota’s new Education Commissioner. A longtime teacher herself, Ricker has some big challenges in front of her, from closing one of the worst achievement gaps in the country to dealing with approximately sixty snow days this past winter.

      Cost: Tickets: $12 in advance or with a Fringe Button $15 at the door with no discount. Available to purchase online or by calling the Bryant Lake Bowl box office at (612) 825 8949

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