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  • Minnesota Supreme Court Protects Citizens from Unfair Taxes Disguised as Fees

    The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling today that declared a fee charged by the City of St. Paul to fund road maintenance was in fact a tax that was subject to the state constitution’s limitations on taxation.   The case was brought by two churches, the First Baptist Church of St. Paul and the Church of St. Mary, that had been paying excessive and unfair fees. “This case represents a victory for Minnesota taxpayers who deserve a fair, transparent and accountable tax system,” said Peter Nelson, a Vice President and Senior Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment...

  • Up North & The State Fair

    What two things define a Minnesota summer? Going up North, and the State Fair. We just got back from a few days in the North Woods–Lake Vermilion, specifically. Lake Vermilion has been our usual northern destination for more than 25 years. We had a great time as always, especially since our whole family could be there, including our daughter and son-in-law who returned from two years in Australia the day before, and two friends of our youngest daughter. If you are a Minnesotan, you probably have witnessed scenes like these many times, but they never get old: Minnesota is a...

  • America Salutes Minnesota Gen. John Vessey, a ‘Soldier’s Soldier’ 

    Flags will remain at half-staff across the state for the rest of August as tributes pour in following the passing of Gen. John Vessey Jr., the Minnesotan chosen by President Reagan to serve as the nation’s top military leader. From a 16 year old underage enlistee in the Minnesota National Guard to the top echelons of the Pentagon, Vessey was the country’s longest-serving active soldier with 46 years of service by the end of his active duty. The New York Times called Vessey, a four star general, a surprise choice for the Joint Chiefs’ top post who was cut from...

  • Star Tribune Editorial Urges Bipartisan Focus on Center’s Economy Report

    American Experiment’s new report on the state’s economy shows Minnesota’s performance has been average, at best, over the last 15 years, trailing many other states in job creation, income growth and other key benchmarks.  Moreover, leading indicators point to Minnesota’s economy performing below average in the years ahead. Today the Star Tribune published a lead editorial on the findings of our 37-page report, urging liberals to dig into the findings which deserve bipartisan attention. The report, “Minnesota’s Economy: Mediocre performance threatens the state’s future,” (http://tinyurl.com/joswboy) describes several worrisome trends. Among them: Overall growth in Minnesota as measured by gross domestic...

  • Is Minnesota A Good Place to Retire?

    Financial World ranks the nine worst states to retire to, based on taxes and cost of living. They are mostly the usual suspects–New York, California, D.C., New Jersey, Oregon, Hawaii. And there at number 8 is Minnesota: The Land of 10,000 Lakes is consistently included in the list of least tax-friendly states for retirees. The state even taxes social security benefits. Even other retirement income like military, government, and private pensions are taxable. While the average household income for individuals 65 and older, which is at 13.7% below the U.S. average, is beneath the thresholds for highest tax bracket, the...