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Jul 26, 2014
The Center of the American Experiment recently released our “Pension Chapter of the Minnesota Policy Blueprint.” It says Minnesota’s public employee pension system reports unfunded liabilities estimated at $17.3 billion and calls for reforms.
Jul 21, 2014
French economist Thomas Piketty is hot these days, contending that capitalism doesn’t lift enough boats and may lift even fewer as we sail further into the night. For the sake of argument (and only that), let’s say he’s right.
Jul 4, 2014
To justify its plans to interfere with local housing markets, the Metropolitan Council commissioned a report on the future of Twin Cities housing that predicts growing demand for multifamily housing and a surplus of single-family homes on large lots. Yet this report, discussed in a June 27 Star Tribune editorial (“Major changes ahead in Twin Cities housing”), is based on flimsy logic and a lack of any understanding of the law of supply and demand.
Jun 5, 2014
The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ordered former GOP Rep. Jim Knoblach to gamble $11 million if he wants to proceed with his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of how lawmakers authorized the $90 million Senate office building, which is set to break ground in July. If he wins, he gets his money back; if he loses, he stands to lose every penny.
May 27, 2014
The sexual abuse of children is profoundly evil. Over the years, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has mismanaged clergy sexual abuse in a way that has led to grievous suffering.
May 25, 2014
Americans of all political persuasions seem to sense that the country is at a crossroads: Either we’ll permanently lock ourselves into a future as a European-style social democracy or we’ll dramatically turn away from that course.
May 22, 2014
What’s more important when it comes to current matters of race in the United States? That the pathetic owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, possibly in the early stages of some kind of dementia, said absurdly racist things to his mistress?
May 20, 2014
Katherine Kersten exposes the flaws in the Met Council's new 30-year-plan in the Wall Street Journal.
Apr 14, 2014
The Metropolitan Council sees economic storm clouds on the Twin Cities’ horizon. We are in danger of losing jobs and creative young professionals to more enlightened metro areas, like Portland and Seattle, the council warns.
Apr 9, 2014
Are we seeing a renaissance in public transit use by Americans? The answer is yes, if you believe a new report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the transit industry’s lobby group.