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May 15, 2015
Transportation is a big priority at the Legislature; both sides agree Minnesota's roads and bridges need repair -- and that commuters need more efficient options -- but that is where the agreement ends. There is a lake the size of Superior separating the GOP House from the DFL Senate and Gov. Dayton on where transportation dollars should come from, where they should go and how much to spend over the next decade.
May 15, 2015
Electricity used to be cheaper in Minnesota than elsewhere, which gave energy-hungry Minnesota businesses a much-needed competitive advantage. This was especially helpful considering that other costs of doing business — labor, property, taxes — tend to be higher here.
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 20, 2015
Consider the image. The young couple, just out of high school, stand scared and uncertain in the courthouse. In his hands, the young man grasps two tokens of adulthood: the wedding coat and his union card, symbols of job and family. He and his pregnant girlfriend are knocking on the door of adulthood, asking to be let in, for the chance to try to make things right.
Apr 20, 2015
With the sesquicentennial of Appomattox recently commemorated, we northerners might be excused for taking a bow, while reminding the rest of the country that it was the North that saved the USA in 1865. After all, because of the actions of a thoroughly sectional administration the Union was preserved and slavery was abolished.
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.
Apr 8, 2015
In 2015, I wouldn’t have a chance at getting a high-profile job at a major American corporation, even if I were by far the most qualified candidate. And if I were a highly credentialed professor seeking tenure at a university? Forget it.
Mar 25, 2015
Of all the issues affecting the black community, perhaps none is more pressing than the state of black leadership on both a local and national level.
Mar 19, 2015
I’ve long believed marriage can be strengthened, and nonmarital birth rates measurably reduced, if we find ways of taking greater advantage of our nation’s religious institutions and traditions. More than a few observers think I’m wrong for thinking as I do: some because they gauge the power of faith as insufficient in such matters, and others because they believe marriage as we have come to know it in the United States and other key parts of the world is beyond rescue.