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Apr 23, 2013
How many times have you heard the argument that Republicans are wrong to focus so much on the effect of high taxes on the business environment? High taxes, liberals argue, are just not that large a factor in business location decisions. Government instead should focus on providing high-quality services, an educated workforce and a high quality of life. If Minnesota is a great place to live, high tax rates are simply the price we pay for a better Minnesota.
Apr 23, 2013
Justice Louis Brandeis is famous for saying that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Transparency in government would, Brandeis felt, help purify its actions. In the 2011-12 Legislature, several provisions were passed and signed into law that brought transparency and accountability to Minnesota government.
Apr 19, 2013
On April 22, in cities across America, some environmental activists will celebrate Earth Day, claiming only increased government control can protect the environment. Those celebrations will expose a couple ironies.
Apr 19, 2013
Like the great and powerful OZ hiding behind a curtain of actuarial mumbo-jumbo and a thundering defensive posture, the executive directors of the state pension plans recently tried to scare off those who dare to pull back the curtain so public employees and taxpayers can see for themselves that the funds are not what they seem.
Apr 10, 2013
As you may know, one of my missions is to reform our broken public pension system. So when I think it will make a difference, I head to the Capitol to testify, talk to folks and offer what we have learned over several years of earnest and hard work on this complex but urgent matter.
Apr 8, 2013
I am still kicking myself for missing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a speaker at the Center's Annual Dinner in 1997, so I’ve chosen her for my muse.
Apr 7, 2013
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. The latest cause célèbre for prominent lawyers and judges in Minneapolis is the rights of a new, disenfranchised class of victims who, we’re told, can’t vote, serve on juries, or — in some cases — live in public housing.
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.