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Greetings From Nashville

This year's annual meeting of the State Policy Network started yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee. SPN is the umbrella organization that serves state-based think tanks like American Experiment. Its annual meetings are a great way to learn about the latest developments in various policy areas, get training in skills useful to nonprofits, and exchange ideas with leaders of other policy organizations around the country. The event is taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which must be one of the biggest hotels in the country with 2,880 rooms. After close to 24 hours here, we are still learning our way around....

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Why the Minimum Wage Is a Bad Idea

In anticipation of our dialogue on the minimum wage that will take place on Tuesday, I recorded a three-minute segment on the issue with the Rookie, Matt Michalski, on KSTP radio. The segment played yesterday. Here it is; I think it is a pretty good short explanation of why a high minimum wage (higher than employers are already paying to entry level employees) is unfair to young people; If you haven't been hearing our Monday segments with the Rookie on AM1500, as well as the 30-second ads we have every day on the Joe Soucheray show, you should start listening for...

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Don’t Miss Our BIG Minimum Wage DEBATE This Tuesday (Sept. 20)

Featuring Sen. John Marty, Dan McElroy of Hospitality Minnesota & Dr. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute.  The lunch forum starts at Noon at Hilton Minneapolis (1001 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, 55403) and cost is $30.  Register Now before we sell out. To give you a taste, here's Prof. Mark Perry's excellent piece on What a $15 Minimum Wage Can and Cannot Do: A. Here is what the $15 an hour minimum wage law can do: For any firms that decide to employ unskilled, low-skilled, and limited-experienced workers, they must pay them a mandated minimum hourly wage of $15 according to government fiat. B. Here is what...

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American Experiment at the Fair

We sponsored WCCO radio at the Minnesota State Fair today, and spent the day at the WCCO booth. Plugs for the Center played on WCCO twice per hour, either as sponsor announcements or as ads, and we gave away 400 copies of our magazine, Thinking Minnesota, which is hot off the press in a special State Fair edition. We greeted old friends and made a lot of new ones. This is what our spot at the WCCO booth looked like: We had a steady stream of Minnesotans picking up magazines, registering to win a t-shirt or hat, or just chatting. Here you...

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Up North & The State Fair

What two things define a Minnesota summer? Going up North, and the State Fair. We just got back from a few days in the North Woods--Lake Vermilion, specifically. Lake Vermilion has been our usual northern destination for more than 25 years. We had a great time as always, especially since our whole family could be there, including our daughter and son-in-law who returned from two years in Australia the day before, and two friends of our youngest daughter. If you are a Minnesotan, you probably have witnessed scenes like these many times, but they never get old: [caption id="attachment_4402" align="aligncenter" width="700"] That's...

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Join Us For Climate Hustle!

Please join us for the Center's first American Experiment Night at the Movies. On July 27 at 7:00 p.m., at Hopkins Cinema 6, 1118 Main Street in Hopkins, Minnesota, American Experiment will co-host along with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a showing of Climate Hustle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbC82_5YZtA What is global warming hysteria really all about? The climate, or the Benjamins? Following the documentary, Steve Hayward and I will lead a discussion about catastrophic climate change for those who wish to stay. Steve, if you are not familiar with his work, is probably the foremost conservative expert on environmental policy in the...

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870 Attend American Experiment’s Annual Dinner

The Center's 2016 Annual Dinner was Saturday night at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis. Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino was the keynote speaker. The dinner is always a highlight, but this year's was particularly enjoyable. There were 870 in attendance, including several Minnesota Congressmen (John Kline, Tom Emmer and Erik Paulsen), Senator Tom Cotton, and other dignitaries. It is impressive to see such a large group gathered to celebrate conservative values and ideas: Dana Perino did a great job as keynote speaker. She held an unscheduled meeting with a group of young women before her speech, tailored her remarks skillfully...

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