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
Family fragmentation rates in the United States are the highest in the industrial world. And while the situation is less severe in Minnesota, an enormous number of people in our state are being hurt and our economy shortchanged. We will recommend what government, and more importantly, what religious institutions and the rest of civil society can and should do.
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.
Jul 15, 2014
Minnesota’s public employee pension system is broken. The state’s reported unfunded liabilities are estimated by the state to be $17.3 billion. If reasonable economic assumptions are used, the amount is far larger. This is a ticking fiscal time bomb for Minnesota.
Jul 10, 2014
Minnesota can and must support and build a world-class transportation system that provides a foundation for economic prosperity and personal fulfillment for all Minnesotans. Doing so is mostly a matter of making transportation a higher priority.