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  • The Loons are doing it right; Loyal fans will still be there when other club’s glamour boys are long gone

    The Minnesota United might have had some bad results this season, but off the field - in the stands - they have made the right moves to secure a solid future for soccer in Minnesota.

  • Edina Lefties Try to Push Back, But Fail Miserably

    For a week or more, leftists in Edina have been yammering on Facebook about how they were going to collect a huge number of Thinking Minnesota magazines that were mailed to residents of Edina, and deliver them to our office. Today, they finally tried to do so. Two women showed up at our office with a big box that contained a few copies of Thinking Minnesota. I introduced myself and invited them to come in, saying that I wanted to interview them. They refused to go beyond the entrance to our office, and one of them wouldn’t even tell me...

  • Thinking Minnesota is Attracting a Mountain (Literally!) of New Subscribers

    Every day when I receive the mail, our wonderful postal carrier drops a thick stack of cards on my desk. Most days, she makes a sigh of relief. Our new subscribers are giving her an extra load to carry. After the summer issue of Thinking Minnesota was released, we received well over 600 subscription requests. If you don’t remember, our cover story was “Traffic Congestion is No Accident.” Of course correlation does not imply causation, but if readers are like me and are tired of sitting through hours of traffic a day, our congestion story provided a perfect entrée to Thinking Minnesota....


  • Minnesota ranks 46th out of 50 states for business taxation

    Minnesota's business tax climate ranks 46th out of 50 states with high corporate and individual income tax rates the main causes. Incentives make a difference, as Gov. Dayton says. We tax cigarettes to get less smoking, so what happens when we tax labor and business activity?

  • Will Minnesota be a right to work state by next June?

    In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court did something courts often do: instead of doing its job and ruling on the law, the Court split the baby, acting like a legislative body instead of a court. It crafted a law for the whole country that has warped our electoral and legislative process beyond recognition. Congress does not get off the hook here. It long ago could have—and still should-- force government unions to be fully transparent with how they spend union dues. But Congress is too afraid of the unions. Will the Court clean up its own mess?

  • Iron Range Up in Arms Over State’s Latest Environmental Overreach

    Iron Range mining, union and community leaders have their backs against the wall again, thanks to environmental activists and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. They say an unenforceable proposed MPCA regulation aimed at raising water quality standards for wild rice could decimate industry and cost local taxpayers millions for upgraded water treatment facilities. The Iron Mining Association website puts it this way: The proposed standard has not been proven to protect or increase the health of wild rice. Moreover, the proposed standard predicts the wrong outcome up to one in five times. This is unacceptable when the costs of implementation...

  • Unfair History and Under-Enrollment in Non-Four-Year Programs

    The Star Tribune had a good story on October 15 dealing with the kinds of issues American Experiment is addressing in our “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree” project.  Headlined, “In D.C., Efforts to Champion Alternatives to Four-Year Degrees Slow to Gain Traction,” the article, by Jim Spencer, lends itself to mostly reinforcing “He said/I said” exchanges. Spencer opened by noting how Burnsville H.S., last academic year, launched a “radically redesigned curriculum to try to plug Minnesota’s jobs skills gap.”  The school, he wrote, “has become a national model for states like Minnesota that face a disconnect between available employment...