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Apr 7, 2013
Gov. Dayton recently signed legislation passed on a party-line vote to require Minnesota to establish and operate a federal health insurance exchange, a key element of President Obama's health care law.
Apr 5, 2013
For decades, our elected officials have been making promises that they have not fully funded. Perhaps a clearer grasp on our debt will lead to better decisions.
Mar 27, 2013
Here’s a sampling of very good books that have shaped some of my own writing over the years. Other than broad themes of poverty and education, what might their common denominator be? Losing Ground, by Charles Murray The Tragedy of American Compassion, by Marvin Olasky Work over Welfare, by Ron Haskins The War Against Boys, by Christina Hoff Sommers Troublemaker, by Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Mar 22, 2013
Minnesota’s labor unions should be quite happy with the way things are going right now in St. Paul. Many of their stated goals are moving forward in the legislative process. Their push to allow the unionization of about 9,000 child-care workers and 12,000 personal care attendants will be aided by a bill heading swiftly to passage and signature by the governor.
Mar 18, 2013
On March 15, Michael Stokes Paulsen, professor of law at the University of St. Thomas, submitted written testimony to the Minnesota Senate on the constitutional problems with S.F. 783.
Mar 15, 2013
Testimony of Katherine Kersten on S.F. 783—“The Safe and Supportive Schools Act”—before the Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee March 15, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly made clear that the Constitution protects freedom of speech for students in public schools. As the Court declared in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District in 1969, it “has been the unmistakeable holding of this court for almost 50 years” that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”
Mar 14, 2013
Instead, the governor's spending proposal on aggregate did not change at all. His January budget proposed $37.892 billion in spending. His new budget? $37.939 billion. That's right, spending went up.
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