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Oct 7, 2014
I may be a teacher, but I’m a slow learner. And while I teach history, I’m sometimes forgetful about dates. Just when did Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor instruct us that affirmative action should remain on the books for another 25 years? I’d guess we’re at least halfway there.
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 29, 2014
For many, the Adrian Peterson child abuse case spanning Texas to Minnesota has been tough to grasp as, up until several weeks ago, he was viewed by most people who knew anything about him as a good man, not just a great football player for the Minnesota Vikings. Compounding matters is that the charges against him have exposed a parallel universe of baby making and child rearing that most Americans don’t get to see every day. But when they do, most find it hard to fathom.
Sep 24, 2014
Local elected officials in Lakeville and Burnsville are telling the world they are fed up with the Metropolitan Council’s new 30-year plan for the Twin Cities seven-county region: “Thrive MSP 2040”.
Sep 22, 2014
The people of the Twin Cities area have many different dreams about the kind of home they want to live in. Local elected officials, too, have well-considered visions of how they want their communities to develop.
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.
Sep 18, 2014
Creating stable middle class neighborhoods should be the top priority of our political and civic leaders — a goal requiring quality public schools, reasonable taxes and low crime rates. The simple fact is that Minneapolis and St. Paul will not be healthy without a large and growing middle class.
Sep 15, 2014
Housing is not a regional system over which the Metropolitan Council has statutory authority. With this unprecedented, 106-page Housing Policy Plan, you are engaged in major overreach. The plan seeks to promote an ideologically charged social planning agenda that goes far beyond the Council’s statutory powers.
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.