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May 13, 2013
“It's easy enough to levy costs when it's ‘somebody else’ who pays, but levy too much and we'll discover, down the road, that we don't like the price.”
May 11, 2013
Even though much of the feel-good twaddle has been dropped from the Senate version, the 100 percent renewable energy goal remains. All it would take would be an activist judge or an over-eager department head to turn such wishful thinking into state policy.
May 6, 2013
All of you have constituents who have lost retirement savings in the Great Recession, either in whole or in part and will have to work much longer than they planned to make up those savings. How will you explain this legislation to them?
May 5, 2013
Recent events at the Capitol make clear that we ­Minnesotans are on track for one of the biggest tax increases in recent state history. But suppose you could wave a magic wand and erase our budget deficit, pay off the $801 million left from the school shift, actually have a surplus — and do it all without raising taxes. There’d be dancing in the streets, right?
May 2, 2013
This morning (May 2nd) I attended an event held in the southeast metro at a conference center with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. After last night’s freak, early-May snowstorm, the windows offered an excellent, 270° view of the several inches of climate change blanketing the Minnesota countryside.
Apr 30, 2013
Coolidge. The title is as spare and direct as the subject. Building on her previous book, The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes might have added “The Forgotten President.” Then again, perhaps she realized that Calvin Coolidge’s problem is less that he has been forgotten than that he has been “misremembered,” as the unforgettable Roger Clemens might have put it. Such “misremembering” has had its minuses and at least one plus. On the negative side, it’s contributed to the reviling and ridiculing of Mr. Coolidge. On the plus side, it’s also contributed to his having been generally underestimated.
Apr 29, 2013
The “Happy to Pay for a Better Minnesota” crowd is fully in charge. This does not position Minnesota to compete for the top talent and capital that is shopping the country (and world) for good economic opportunities.
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.