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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.
Aug 18, 2014
Center of the American Experiment released a study last month on Minnesota's public pension plans. The report calls for the promises we make to public employees to be fully funded on a current basis instead of the IOU plan in effect now
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 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.