Aug 13, 2015
Minnesota’s public employee pension system is broken. The state’s reported unfunded liabilities are estimated by the state to be $17.6 billion. If reasonable economic assumptions are used, the amount is far larger. This is a ticking fiscal time bomb for Minnesota.
Jun 10, 2015
This report explains how the ACA opened up opportunities for defined contribution (DC) health plans, how federal guidance effectively prohibits DC health plans from funding individual market coverage, and how states can respond to revive opportunities for DC health plans with a new type of coverage—portable group coverage.
May 8, 2015
As Minnesota’s legislators proceed through the final days of their 2015 session, Minnesotans appear to be surprisingly unified on issues related to the budget, transportation, health care, and state pensions, perhaps explained by a strong perception of the state’s improving economy.
Apr 15, 2015
New poll numbers gauging what Minnesotans think about various education issues, including different kinds of school choice, are remarkably similar to two other clusters of numbers I recalled from the 1990s.
Mar 18, 2015
This symposium presents 34 essays on how religious leaders and institutions must speak up and reach out on the problems surrounding family fragmentation.
Mar 5, 2015
Do people move to avoid Minnesota’s estate tax? Unfortunately, there’s no reliable empirical research available to answer the question. Without good empirical research, policy decisions to reform or eliminate the estate tax must be based on other types of evidence. The evidence presented here strongly suggest some Minnesotans do move to avoid the estate tax.
Feb 23, 2015
We’re coming up on another 50th anniversary in March, this time of a report, which while on-target and remarkably prescient, was slandered when first released, leading to what might be called its public and scholarly excommunication—which led in turn to a catastrophic exacerbation of the already serious problem it described.
Jan 7, 2015
In January 2015, just two weeks after Minnesota’s policy makers will have kicked off the new Legislative Session, Center of the American Experiment will release The Minnesota Policy Blueprint: Prescription for Prosperity, a package of wide-ranging policy recommendations emphasizing personal initiative, free enterprise and a limited, frugal government.
Oct 15, 2014
The foundation beneath Minnesota’s long vaunted reputation as a productive state to grow successful, job-creating businesses is beginning to show cracks that require legislative attention.
Oct 7, 2014
The people of the Twin Cities have the right to govern their own communities. Social planning by unelected regional bureaucrats who use government power to tell us where to live and how to get around undermines democracy and is hostile to our cherished American traditions of freedom and self-government.
Oct 1, 2014
Minnesota’s health care system struggles with many of the same problems as the rest of the country. In particular, high and rising health care costs have long been a top challenge facing Minnesota and the nation.
Sep 18, 2014
Understanding the problems with Minnesota’s tax code first requires an understanding of the principles that should guide the state’s tax policy. Sound tax policy should promote three core principles: economic efficiency and growth, equal taxation of equally situated people, and simplicity. These principles generally favor low tax rates levied on a broad tax base.
Aug 22, 2014
Minnesota’s state budget continues to grow and grow, even after adjusting for inflation and population. Total spending in Minnesota’s current FY 2014-15 budget grew by 9.8 percent over the previous budget, which translates to a hefty $1,130 per Minnesotan. As spending grows, the state budget continues to face long-term challenges from an aging population, rising health care costs, unfunded pensions and uncertainty over federal spending.
Aug 13, 2014
Very high rates of family fragmentation in the United States are subtracting from what very large numbers of young people are learning in school and holding them back in other ways. This, in turn, is damaging our country economically by making us less hospitable to innovation while also making millions of Americans less competitive in an increasingly demanding worldwide marketplace.
Aug 7, 2014
Minnesota’s aggressive green energy policies have increased electricity rates, are an unfair burden for low-income Minnesotans, and a competitive challenge for business.
Jul 30, 2014
K-12 education in Minnesota faces many problems. Turning around such dangerous prospects will be hard under the best of circumstances. But to succeed, Minnesota must narrow not just one achievement gap but three.