Publications Archive for All
Mar 19, 2010
Rumbling along just beneath the surface of our long-running debate over something called “health care” is an ancient prejudice of modern liberals. Like all prejudices, this one contains a kernel of truth. But unlike many prejudices, this one is no longer remotely serviceable.
Mar 18, 2010
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's use of the 'unallotment' statute to balance the budget stirred up more acrimony than possibly anything else in his tenure. State law allows the governor to reduce planned spending (allotments) without legislative approval in order to balance the budget. Though unallotment has been used previously by Pawlenty and other governors, the $2.5 billion scale and the timing of his decision in the final days of the 2009 session were unprecedented.
Mar 17, 2010
A lot has been said and written about alternative teacher certification over the last several decades, with Minnesota only beginning to adequately engage on the issue. As many are fond of pointing out, this state has long helped lead the national way in any number of educational areas. Making it more feasible, however, for talented non-education majors to contribute as teachers has not been one of them.
Mar 7, 2010
We are think-tank presidents -- one conservative, the other progressive. When our views converge, we know we've hit on an idea that most Minnesotans will support. Here's one: protecting the integrity and impartiality of Minnesota's state court system.
Mar 2, 2010
As most expected, Democrats and Republicans are no closer to a compromise than they were before the White House's much anticipated health-care summit. Unfortunately, that means that America is no closer to getting a health-care bill that controls the rising cost of health care. The reality, as well as the irony, is that a more ideal health-care proposal — one that takes an honest shot at containing costs — is also a more bipartisanship proposal.
Mar 1, 2010
Jeff Benedict and Scott Bullock discuss the most important eminent domain and property rights case in a generation or more, Kelo v. City of New London.
Feb 15, 2010
Minnesota cannot rely on the federal government to take responsibility for our health care system. Therefore, Minnesota policymakers should continue efforts to make health care more accessible and affordable through Medicaid and insurance market reforms.
Feb 9, 2010
Relying more on technology—which is not to suggest relying exclusively on it—is already demonstrating that boys and girls can learn substantially more while potentially taxing their parents measurably less.
Feb 2, 2010
As Minnesota lawmakers build a new budget, they should consider implementing new budget tools and processes we proposed back in 2010.
Jan 26, 2010
In a recent commentary, Betsy Daub of Friends of the Boundary Waters suggested that the movie "Avatar" was being played out in the narrative of new mining operations proposed for northeastern Minnesota. But Daub had in mind the wrong part of the narrative from that movie.