Dec 4, 2013
On Tuesday U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes issued a ruling that said the city of Detroit could file for protection from creditors under Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code. "The city no longer has the resources to provide its citizens with basic police, fire and emergency services," he said, ruling that the city “was and is insolvent.”
Nov 22, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Now you see it, now you don’t — or do you? For months, a $50,000 contract for the union-affiliated group Child Care Providers Together to provide informational seminars for families and other child care providers was axed from the proposed Ramsey County 2014-15 budget.
Oct 30, 2013
The pension commission is meeting in Saint Paul during the interim, wisely taking advantage of the quiet before the session starts up next February. One of the topics last week was “review and reconsideration of the Commission’s Principles of Pension Policy.”
Oct 27, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — The extreme-green makeover of the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building is like an ad on late-night TV. You know, those ads in which the seller fills the offer with so many bells and whistles the customer — the taxpayer in this case — orders way more than he needs?
Oct 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — Call it the case of the $4.8 million typo. The mistake could more than double the cost to Lake County taxpayers for the local share of a whopping $66 million federal broadband stimulus project.
Oct 9, 2013
Self-governance requires training in citizenship and the rough and tumble of free markets that have produced the greatest, broad-based prosperity in history.
Oct 4, 2013
Over at the Pioneer Press Edward Lotterman devotes an entire column to debate a sentence pulled from American Experiment’s announcement that former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels will keynote our 2013 Fall Briefing next Monday.
Sep 25, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — The losses just keep adding up for the Minnesota Vikings — on and off the field. • Sacked by the Cleveland Browns in a last-minute defeat Sunday to start the National Football League season 0-3.
Sep 20, 2013
ST.PAUL — Even as a federal appeals court injunction temporarily blocked big-labor’s drive to organize thousands of licensed family child care providers, the other boot could drop any day on a second statewide collective bargaining campaign.
Sep 3, 2013
After several years of observing the pension players and attempting to find the right ingredients for a sustainable defined benefit system, I concluded a while back that it cannot be done. Politicians should not be in charge of anyone’s retirement but their own. And taxpayers should not have to guarantee anyone’s retirement but their own.