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  • Star Tribune: As Biased As Ever?

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune has long been known as a DFL newspaper. In the last few years, some have said that its liberal bias might be less pronounced. That is, I think, dubious. Take, for instance, this morning’s article about President Trump’s budget proposal by reporter Maya Rao. The article describes Trump’s budget, highlights the fact that it doesn’t contain anything for Southwest Light Rail Transit, and then seeks reactions to the budget from six outsiders. Those sources tell us that the president’s budget will “put heavy new pressure on food shelves and the state’s health care system,” “should be...

  • Great Jobs for Grads Without a Four-Year Degree

    American Experiment recently launched a new initiative called “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree.” It’s a multi-year project to encourage parents, students and educators to consider alternatives to college. In the process, we hope to build recognition of and support for other routes to satisfying jobs and fulfilling careers via the many options available throughout Minnesota. With the Class of 2017 about to set off on their own, American Experiment’s Mitch Pearlstein shared writer Matthew Crawford’s wisdom on “Great Jobs” in a column for the Mankato Free Press. Crawford owns a motorcycle repair shop in Virginia, as well as a Ph.D. in political philosophy from...

  • No Go! Southwest Light Rail Stiffed in President’s Budget

    President Trump’s 2018 budget released today contains bad news for the Met Council’s pet light rail project. There’s no funding for the controversial $1.9 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit line in the administration’s “A New Foundation for American Greatness” budget just unveiled. The spending plan follows through on previous  announcements by federal transportation officials that only transit projects with Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGA) in place by October 2016 would receive funding. The proposed Southwest Light Rail line does not have such a funding agreement, leaving it ineligible for $929 million in federal construction funds under the new administration’s policy. Federal...

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  • Transgender Toolkit for MN Schools Based on Controversial Obama Rule

    A controversial transgender and gender nonconforming “resource toolkit” drafted by the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) School Safety and Technical Assistance Council recently caught the attention of 67 Minnesota legislators. The 29 page document — “Toolkit to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students” — purports to be a compilation of “best practices that schools can use" to address gender identity. The toolkit is based on a controversial Title IX transgender policy imposed by the Obama administration that is no longer in effect.

  • Dayton sacrifices children on the altar of government unions, again

    Dayton has tanked Opportunity Scholarships and from what I hear this morning, is threatening to veto a very, very generous spending package for K-12 schools because the bill did not fund his signature pilot program that adds a new grade for four-year-olds. I had hoped all that spending could be ransom money to save our kids.

  • Why Can’t Young People Get Out of Their Parents’ Basements?

    Good question! Census data indicate that an unprecedented number of America’s young people haven’t been able to establish independent lives and are living with their parents. Why is that? This American Experiment video, produced by our friends at Madison McQueen, explains that while there are many factors at work, liberal policies are a huge part of the problem. If we want our young people to enjoy a better future, we need better policies. Here is the video, titled “Parent’s Basement”: We released the video on Friday, and it has already gotten over 70,000 views on Facebook and the internet. If...

  • All the reasons the Met Council screwed up $BIG TIME by forcing light rail

    The latest issue of the Center’s fantastic quarterly magazine, Thinking Minnesota, has a terrific piece by transportation expert Randal O’Toole that delineates all the reasons the Met Council screwed up BIG TIME by forcing light rail on everyone.  If you didn’t receive your issue in the mail be sure to send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org to get your FREE subscription. Fun facts revealed include that the word “light” in light rail doesn’t refer to weight (light-rail cars weigh more than heavy-rail cars) but to capacity as light rail is, by definition, low-capacity transit.  Also, for the same cost...