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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.
Dec 22, 2014
A few thoughts provoked by Bernadeia Johnson’s announced resignation last week as superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools.
Dec 17, 2014
For most of our history the teaching of history (and everything else) has been a local concern. That piece of our history might well be drawing to a close. What’s even more troublesome is the content of a more nationalized curriculum. Witness the proposed national advanced placement (AP) standards for the teaching of American history. To be sure, it is important that our students, AP or otherwise, acquire some common knowledge about our past. But what seems to be at work here is an attempt to put in place a common point of view – and one with a political agenda at that. This ought to concern parents of all political persuasions. After all, politicizing a history curriculum in one ideological direction at one historical moment will not prevent re-politicizing it in a different ideological direction at a different historical moment.
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.