Publications Archive for All
Dec 12, 2014
Note: Kim was honored to serve on a panel with MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Bentley Graves from the Minnesota Chamber and Dave Van Hattum from Transit for Livable Communities on December 12, 2014. Our thanks to Deb McMillan from Twin West for hosting the discussion.
Dec 11, 2014
Lest there be any confusion below about what I think about the Grand Jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, based on what I’ve read, I believe jurors got it right by not indicting Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Once the verdict was announced and evidentiary record released, it’s clear that Wilson had reason to believe that Brown was out to seriously hurt him, perhaps kill him with the officer’s own gun. Among talking heads and other observers, it’s likewise clear that those who support what the Grand Jury did routinely cite specific facts about a specific case, while those who condemn the Grand Jury habitually argue in generalities.
Dec 2, 2014
INSIDE: Minnesota Policy Blueprint: A Prescription for Prosperity for All Minnesotans || Blueprint drives practical, deliverable policy solutions || 25th Anniversary Dinner featuring P. J. O'Rourke || Mitch Prearlstein Releases Important New Book on Saving Families || 2014 Fall Briefing Snapshots || Mark Steyn Delivers Exceptional, Painfully Funny, Keynote
Nov 8, 2014
Following a recent Star Tribune exposé about how children in Minnesota are falling through child protection cracks — more than 50 times to their deaths over the last decade — Gov. Mark Dayton charged a task force with investigating why this has been happening and recommending ways of stopping it from happening again. I’m guessing members of the group will cover a lot of ground over the next few months and then write a report containing more than a few pointed words.
Oct 31, 2014
The people designing your city don't care what you want." That's how forbes.com columnist Joel Kotkin sums up the mentality of today's so-called "smart growth" urban planners. Here in the Twin Cities, we have a perfect example of what Kotkin is warning about: "Thrive MSP 2040," the Metropolitan Council's 30-year development framework for our seven-county metro area.
Oct 30, 2014
The Metropolitan Council is an appointed body created by the Minnesota Legislature to plan for the growth and delivery of regional services in the seven-county Twin Citiesmetro area. It has many of the broad powers normally entrusted to elected officials, such as the power to tax and take property for public use — but none of the council members are elected by the people they govern. The governor appoints all 16 commissioners and the chair; they serve at his pleasure and direction.
Oct 29, 2014
At the University of Minnesota’s “Voterpalooza” event earlier this month, the conversation with political candidates centered on, not surprisingly, student debt. With educational loans now totaling $1.1 trillion nationally and the average college graduate leaving university owing $32,500, this new credit crisis should be on the minds of all Minnesotans.
Oct 15, 2014
The foundation beneath Minnesota’s long vaunted reputation as a productive state to grow successful, job-creating businesses is beginning to show cracks that require legislative attention.
Oct 7, 2014
The people of the Twin Cities have the right to govern their own communities. Social planning by unelected regional bureaucrats who use government power to tell us where to live and how to get around undermines democracy and is hostile to our cherished American traditions of freedom and self-government.
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.