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Jun 10, 2015
The news from the Metropolitan Council this spring that the Southwest light-rail line has blown way past all cost estimates to $2 billion presents a great opportunity to find consensus on a big decision that will affect the region well into this century. The rail line has not been fully engineered, which means we are likely to see more cost increases, even after construction begins.
Jun 3, 2015
One of my favorite sports commentators, Tony Kornheiser, often screams out to his co-host, Mike Wilbon, on their TV show “Pardon the Interruption”: “Stop it, just stop it.” He says this when someone says something that is over the top or unbelievable.
Jun 2, 2015
In celebration of American Experiments 25th anniversary, the Center has published “25 Years: Looking Back and Aiming Forward,” 50-plus pages jammed with year-by-year highlights from our first quarter century. Released in early June at American Experiment’s 2015 Annual Dinner, keynoted by humorist P. J. O’Rourke, it also discusses what’s coming up next and contains salutes from more than 30 Minnesota and national leaders. If you would like a copy sent to you please contact Samantha Peterson at or 612-584-4559.
Jun 1, 2015
American Experiment's Mitch Pearlstein || Marking the Milestones || Testing the Waters || Policy Architects || NextGen || Final Word
May 21, 2015
I’ve always believed that consumers of poll data are welcome to draw their own conclusions about what the data mean and how they apply to legislative settings. However, almost two decades as a pollster have also shown me that partisans can occasionally twist poll data to mean just about anything they want it to.
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.