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Apr 11, 2011
This Roundtable points the way to making divorce—when it is, in fact, unavoidable—less damaging to all concerned starting with children. What it also does, even more importantly, is point to early Minnesota-based research and its potential for saving some portion of marriages in ways that most therapists, lawyers, judges and others in the field have never considered, or to be blunt about it, have never cared to consider.
Apr 10, 2011
These are tough times for Minnesota schools. In Lakeville, for example, the school board recently announced wrenching cuts of almost $7 million. Ninety-four teachers will lose their jobs, arts programs will suffer and a school will be closed. There was wailing and gnashing of teeth, but the board set its jaw: There's not a dime for anything extra.
Apr 5, 2011
With the United States armed forces now involved in three conflicts in the Middle East, I'm a bit surprised that hardly anything has been made of how this is the 50th anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address as president, the one in which he famously warned of a "military-industrial complex."
Apr 1, 2011
In February 2007, Minnesota enacted legislation (known as “S.F. 4”) requiring renewable energy sources to comprise 12 percent of retail electricity sales by 2012, 17 percent by 2016, 20 percent by 2020 and 25 percent by 2025. Additionally, S.F. 4 subjects Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s largest power suppliers, to a 30 percent standard by 2020.
Mar 13, 2011
Who, exactly, aspires to soak the rich? You won't find that sentiment among those who aspire to achieve Katherine Kersten March 13, 2011 Why is Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to jack up income taxes on "the rich" -- individuals earning more than $85,000 in taxable income and couples earning more than $150,000 -- going over like a lead balloon?
Feb 27, 2011
Here's a quiz: Who said that the prospect of a strike by a government union is "unthinkable and intolerable?" Who said, "It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government"?
Feb 21, 2011
To a fair amount of attention, a well-conceived bill to require photo IDs for voting was introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this session. This would be an important and long-overdue election reform, but one that has been stymied by DFL leadership, more so than by rank-and-file DFL lawmakers; 10 DFL House members voted for it in the last legislative session.
Feb 1, 2011
Energy affordability is vital to Minnesota’s ability to compete both nationally and globally. This report offers a set of recommendations to reintroduce energy affordability as a key priority.
Feb 1, 2011
Calls to tax the rich grew substantially louder in 2010. The 111th Congress concluded with a lively debate over the fairness of extending the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy. Governor Dayton stirred up similar debates with his call to solve the state’s looming budget deficit with a tax hike on the rich. For those leading the tax-the-rich charge, raising taxes on high-income earners is a matter of basic fairness. But what is fair and is fairness even relevant?
Jan 8, 2011
For the past 20 years or so, I've begun each semester by asking students to give me three lists of three things: topics they'd like to learn more about, their most notorious historical villains, and their most noteworthy heroes.