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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.
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.”