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  • A Conservative Infrastructure Agenda

    Donald Trump says he wants more infrastructure spending and he wants if fast.  Yuval Levin has outlined a conservative plan in the Weekly Standard to prioritize economic growth while making enduring structural changes in infrastructure policy. 1. Reform Permitting Rules: But beyond finding ways to accelerate all the permitting that’s now required, Congress should also cut down on the requirements—for instance, reducing the range of environmental concerns that require review under the National Environmental Policy Act and allowing such reviews to build on those conducted for similar projects in the past, rather than beginning from scratch with every application. Aggressively...

  • Is Boycott a Factor in Slumping Target Sales?

    Lots of factors figure into the continuing decline of shoppers and sales at Twin Cities-based Target Corporation’s stores nationwide. Target share prices dipped nearly six percent on expectations the retailer will record a third straight quarter of declining sales totals over the previous year. The demise of big box retailers, the popularity of online shopping and related trends were cited as explanations in reports on today’s announcement of disappointing holiday season sales and a lowered outlook for the fourth quarter. Even a 30 percent increase in online sales failed to make up for a big loss in customer visits that was highlighted...

  • U.S. Senator recalls Minnesota’s historical contribution to School Choice at Betsy Devos Hearings

    School Choice Advocate Betsy DeVos is in the U.S. Senate this week for hearings on her nomination to be the new Secretary of Education. Senator Lamar Alexander, the former Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush, made the case at the top of the hearing for the fact that school choice, and charter schools in particular, have support across a broad political spectrum and noted further that charter schools were started in Minnesota by a DFL governor by the name of Rudy Perpich. That was back in 1991. It is fair to ask, what has Minnesota done for students and...


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  • City Debates Turning Down Grant in Latest Met Council Flap [updated]

    Shakopee could become the first city to reject a $32,000 Met Council planning grant this week in the latest sign of local governments’ mounting antagonism to the heavy hand of the nation’s biggest unelected regional bureaucracy over their affairs. “We are concerned about the direct connection of the Thrive 2040 Plan, Met Council’s housing policies and any housing goal plan, as it relates to the acceptance of this grant,” Mayor Bill Mars wrote in a recent email exchange with Met Council officials. Met Council staff have downplayed the rift. “I don’t think we have a ‘controversy,’ so much as a...

  • What if the University of Minnesota was less politically correct?

    Perhaps you’ve seen the University of Minnesota’s memorable TV commercials that are part of their “Driven to Discover” campaign.  Two of the ads feature faculty describing their noble research efforts to “abolish hunger” and “end drug addiction.”  But another ad oozes a much more politically correct flavor as a research assistant proclaims “I am driven to train activists to develop new policies for social change.” Center founder and proud U of M grad penned a terrific piece that proposes “ten more diverse goals” that scholars could take up to both fuel the University’s drive forward and please ideologically put-off alumni...

  • Sushi? Hey, It Might Be Carp!

    My wife and I are big sushi fans, and I think I can tell one fish from another. But I might be wrong. A recent study by UCLA suggests that I–and you–could be fooled: Los Angeles diners chowing down on sushi may be surprised to learn that their yellowtail roll might not really have any yellowtail in it at all. A new study from the University California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Loyola Marymount University (LMU) found that 47 percent of sushi in L.A. eateries is mislabeled as the wrong fish. 47%? Seriously? That’s like random. The study, which examined 26...