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.
Feb 18, 2013
As the key months for implementing the Affordable Care Act begin, 30 governors are resisting key provisions of the law. But these leaders don't need to act just as a phalanx of opposition; if they work with President Obama and Obama works with them, they can change the law's future for the better.
Feb 14, 2013
Like most Minnesotans, we cherish a special Snowbird (in our case, Nana) who visits us each summer. She retired to Florida to take advantage of the sunny days—and declared herself a Florida resident-- not just to avoid our income tax but because she is there a good chunk of the year. That is where she votes, pays taxes and volunteers.
Feb 13, 2013
As best I could, I watched the president’s State of the Union address from a non-ideological viewpoint, detaching my personal views from my opinion about his delivery. Of course I couldn’t help but instinctively decipher his rhetorical code
Feb 13, 2013
It's time to join the pause in global luke-warming and also pause in the building of multibillion-dollar projects like Cape Wind and Ivanpah Solar that produce modest amounts of usable energy. There is time to spend some of the money on research into what is really happening with our climate.Adaptation will be as effective as the costly mitigation programs that are currently in vogue.
Feb 11, 2013
Most people may want to make the world a better place, but relatively few have given a moment’s thought to what may actually work to achieve that goal. Instead, most of us pick teams and outsource our thinking to them — and the quality of that “thinking” is, on the whole, simply terrible.
Feb 10, 2013
Excitement over new early childhood education initiatives is building at the State Capitol. No wonder. After years of frustration and failure in trying to shrink our state's yawning K-12 racial and income achievement gap, there's hope that we may have found a new, and simpler, route to success.
Feb 10, 2013
American Experiment offer key recommendations on building a state budget to promote prosperity for all Minnesotans. These include recommendations on redesigning the state’s budget process. A fiscally sound budget process should institutionalize spending restraint, prioritization, performance review, efficiency, accountability, and transparency.