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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

Nov 5, 2014
Fixing public pensions brings a lot of opposition, but as one Democrat found, that doesn't preclude electoral victory.
Oct 29, 2014
With its high tax rates applied to a narrow base, Minnesota remains stuck near the bottom of a key index of state tax policy. North Carolina shows how to move up.
Oct 2, 2014
Are public pensions untouchable? One federal bankruptcy judge says "no," opening the door to reductions in benefits for former workers of one California city.
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.