Mar 11, 2013
The state tax on cigarettes proposed by Gov. Dayton and House File 91 would essentially prohibit smoking by price, making smoking de facto illegal. We already learned the hard way with the de jure Prohibition against alcohol that free people will find a way to consume prohibited products, and more importantly, the state will pay a high price in increased crime without achieving the benefits it seeks.
Mar 10, 2013
The marriage amendment may have fallen short at the polls in November, but a majority of Minnesotans continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman, according to recent polls by KSTP/SurveyUSA and the Star Tribune. In the Star Tribune poll, only 38 percent said they favored legalization of same-sex marriage.
Mar 9, 2013
Testimony of Katherine Kersten on the proposed “Safe and Supportive Schools Act” (H.F. 826) before the Education Policy Committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives on February 28, 2013
Mar 8, 2013
It’s more than fair and accurate to say educators, politicians and others on the left have had much more to do in conceiving educational policy and running inner-city schools than have educators, politicians and others of the right over the last two generations and more. And how have low-income and minority boys and girls fared over this lengthy and pivotal period? The only fair and accurate answer is terribly.
Mar 8, 2013
House File 880 proposes to modify the state’s Renewable Energy Mandate primarily by increasing the percentage of renewables required and by requiring a specific percentage to come from solar.
Mar 7, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, a minor kerfuffle arose here in Minnesota over something as seemingly mundane as a “tax incidence” study. Democrats wanted to study only the impact on taxpayers of state and local taxes. Republicans wanted to include the impact of Federal taxes.The dispute may have been minor, but the impact is major.
Mar 2, 2013
Legislation adds union negotiators that represent Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) to the MSRS defined benefit public pension which is a guaranteed pension no matter how much the state and employee put in the account, how well the funds do in the market or how much money is actually in the pension funds.
Feb 28, 2013
The law to require an excuse to obtain an absentee ballot is unenforceable and, therefore, unenforced. No one actually checks to see whether voters meet these eligibility criteria -- it would be virtually impossible. Nevertheless, conscientious citizens have not necessarily recognized this fact, and, consequently, the current law probably has deterred some people from voting.
Feb 22, 2013
There has been a lot of buzz in the media the past few months about the failure of electronic pulltabs to generate the revenue necessary to cover the state’s share of a new Vikings stadium. Media folks have been covering the story as if the news was unexpected, and lawmakers have been wringing their hands in public about how disappointed they are with the results.
Feb 20, 2013
The February 2nd edition of The Economist carries a 14-page special report on the political and economic reforms underway in the four Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland). Just as the U.S. and Minnesota are moving toward more social democracy, it turns out the birthplace of the Scandinavian-style welfare state is moving in the opposite direction.