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John LaPlante

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Since 1998, policy fellow John R. LaPlante has written on a range of public issues, including economic development, government-sponsored enterprises, and transportation.

His projects have included managing a healthcare policy website for State Policy Network, writing reports and commentaries on K-12 education for the Kansas Policy Institute, and commenting on think tanks for the St. Paul Legal Ledger/Capitol Report. He holds an M.A. in political science from The Ohio State University.

He is a contributor to The Michigan View, a state-focused equivalent to National Review, written by members of the Detroit News editorial board and a few selected others. He has been published in the Star-Tribune, Kansas City Star, and the DC Caller. He also been a guest on 760AM WJR (Detroit), 1280AM WWTC (Twin Cities) and other radio outlets.

A resident of Dakota County, he was the research director and webmaster of a coalition that prevailed twice on a ballot question regarding his city’s form of government. He enjoys snowboarding and mountain biking.

 

John LaPlante's Archive

Aug 12, 2014
Federal tax policy has long encouraged people to buy health insurance. But it does little to encourage exercise.
Jul 22, 2014
One federal appeals court has ruled against ObamaCare, but another comes to a different conclusion.
Oct 1, 2013
There's a lot of bipartisan self-congratulatory talk going on about how Minnesota ranks #8 on a recent index from Forbes. But is there any useful information in it?
Sep 26, 2013
It's easy, but wrong, to think of today's governing philosophy as socialism. Rather, it's control, including constraining what people want in a number of areas of life.
Sep 5, 2013
Rather than wait for political winds to blow their way, millions of families are embracing their own form of school reform, through homeschooling.
Jun 25, 2013
Along the curbs of many residential streets this summer, you'll find a classic piece of Americana as well as capitalism--the lemonade stand.
May 23, 2013
A wealth property owners that doesn't pay property tax will get yet another tax break, in a move that may finally mean the repair or replacement of a bridge that has been deemed unusuable and unfixable for 20 years.
May 21, 2013
Introduction: As I write this, the Minnesota House is set to vote on a proposal to unionize independent, self-employed business owners who heretofore worked primarily for families of small children. Some of these business owners have customers who receive public subsidies. AFSCME, the powerful union of state and local workers, has been seeking to unionize, and enrich its coffers with the dues of, these business owners for several years now. Thanks in part to the union’s backing of today’s majority party, the Legislature will say “thank you” to AFSCME. And the union, in turn, will of course say “thank you” to the DFL with future contributions of time and treasure. While it’s true that
Apr 25, 2013
Do personal income tax rates matter? See my friend's calendar for an answer.
Apr 15, 2013
Though April 15 is the day by which most taxpayers must render under Caesar for last year's income, it doens't mean that Minnesotans are done working to pay the burden of government. That won't happen until April 23.