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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?
May 20, 2014
Katherine Kersten exposes the flaws in the Met Council's new 30-year-plan in the Wall Street Journal.
May 7, 2014
INSIDE: Announcing a New Minnesota Policy Blueprint || Gift Tax Repealed, Estate Tax Exclusion Increased || A Word from the President: Unless It’s Moving Forward, Minnesota’s Economy Dies || Rep. Paul Ryan Addresses American Experiment Luncheon || Ten Fallacies of the Thrive MSP 2040 Plan || Taxes, Trends Erode Minnesota Exceptionalism || Interview with Tom Kelly: Beyond Politics
May 5, 2014
In this report we look at three solar power projects undertaken by local governments in Minnesota. By exploring how each city made the decision to accept cash grants, we can begin to get a picture of how uneconomic projects get funded, with each party involved making apparently rational decisions in their own best but narrow interests. In light of how these decisions were made, we offer some alternatives for city officials to consider even when they feel compelled to move forward with uneconomic projects.
May 4, 2014
When it comes to elementary and secondary education in Minnesota and especially the Twin Cities, vouchers represent the single most promising approach for reducing immense achievement gaps between white and many minority students. Gaps which are just about the biggest in the country and which pose greater threats to economic and individual progress here than perhaps in any other major metropolitan area in the nation.
Apr 16, 2014
The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council has published a “draft for public review and comment” of the “Thrive MSP 2040” plan, which will serve as the “regional plan for sustainable development” for the seven-county metro area. While the draft uses vague terms and generalities, it is clear that upcoming housing, transportation, and other subplans will seek to dramatically alter Minnesota lifestyles. This includes forcing more people to live in multifamily housing and reducing personal mobility, all in the name of “sustainability.”
Apr 14, 2014
The Metropolitan Council sees economic storm clouds on the Twin Cities’ horizon. We are in danger of losing jobs and creative young professionals to more enlightened metro areas, like Portland and Seattle, the council warns.