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Jul 26, 2014
The Center of the American Experiment recently released our “Pension Chapter of the Minnesota Policy Blueprint.” It says Minnesota’s public employee pension system reports unfunded liabilities estimated at $17.3 billion and calls for reforms.
Jul 21, 2014
French economist Thomas Piketty is hot these days, contending that capitalism doesn’t lift enough boats and may lift even fewer as we sail further into the night. For the sake of argument (and only that), let’s say he’s right.
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.
Jul 4, 2014
To justify its plans to interfere with local housing markets, the Metropolitan Council commissioned a report on the future of Twin Cities housing that predicts growing demand for multifamily housing and a surplus of single-family homes on large lots. Yet this report, discussed in a June 27 Star Tribune editorial (“Major changes ahead in Twin Cities housing”), is based on flimsy logic and a lack of any understanding of the law of supply and demand.
Jun 12, 2014
Mother Bodies, Father Bodies: How Parenthood Changes Us from the Inside Out
Jun 5, 2014
The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ordered former GOP Rep. Jim Knoblach to gamble $11 million if he wants to proceed with his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of how lawmakers authorized the $90 million Senate office building, which is set to break ground in July. If he wins, he gets his money back; if he loses, he stands to lose every penny.
May 27, 2014
The sexual abuse of children is profoundly evil. Over the years, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has mismanaged clergy sexual abuse in a way that has led to grievous suffering.
May 25, 2014
Americans of all political persuasions seem to sense that the country is at a crossroads: Either we’ll permanently lock ourselves into a future as a European-style social democracy or we’ll dramatically turn away from that course.
May 22, 2014
What’s more important when it comes to current matters of race in the United States? That the pathetic owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, possibly in the early stages of some kind of dementia, said absurdly racist things to his mistress?