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Mar 5, 2015
Do people move to avoid Minnesota’s estate tax? Unfortunately, there’s no reliable empirical research available to answer the question. Without good empirical research, policy decisions to reform or eliminate the estate tax must be based on other types of evidence. The evidence presented here strongly suggest some Minnesotans do move to avoid the estate tax.
Feb 23, 2015
We’re coming up on another 50th anniversary in March, this time of a report, which while on-target and remarkably prescient, was slandered when first released, leading to what might be called its public and scholarly excommunication—which led in turn to a catastrophic exacerbation of the already serious problem it described.
Feb 23, 2015
Hillary Clinton made the ringing phone a central image of her 2008 presidential campaign, but the image is as much one of personal crises as geopolitical ones. When something goes wrong, who do you call in the middle of the night to watch your kids or give you a place to stay or a listening ear?
Feb 9, 2015
In a ritual familiar to many Minnesotans, I recently made plans to visit my mother in Florida. When I called to compare calendars, she surprised me. After just a few months as a new snowbird, she is thinking of becoming a resident of Florida. “We are happy to pay the taxes, but the estate tax is another matter,” she said
Feb 8, 2015
What is Minnesotans’ image of a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis today? Many likely think of gray-haired men performing empty rituals for dwindling congregations in the shadow of the recent clergy sex-abuse scandal. They may imagine young men recoiling from the prospect of a life of “thou shalt nots,” leaving seminaries empty.
Jan 28, 2015
In honor of National School Choice Week, a very quick review of Minnesota gubernatorial history regarding educational freedom going back to 1971, all aimed at answering the question: What longstanding and telling pattern is Mark Dayton threatening to end?
Jan 26, 2015
For many Millennials, relationships are like picking a snack. You aren't going to dig into a thick slice of cake covered with white fondant and topped with two tiny plastic figurines until you're really ready for it. You want a snack without so many consequences.
Jan 20, 2015
This report explains how the ACA opened up opportunities for defined contribution (DC) health plans, how federal guidance effectively prohibits DC health plans from funding individual market coverage, and how states can respond to revive opportunities for DC health plans with a new type of coverage—portable group coverage.
Jan 14, 2015
Should community college tuition be the responsibility of the federal government? Our president apparently thinks so. I say “apparently” because he certainly could have achieved this goal had he made it a priority when his party controlled Congress. Now that his party is in the minority in both houses of Congress, it’s hard to take this proposal seriously.