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This is a Whopper: Minnesota’s HQ2 Amazon bid was lost in the Cloud.

Minnesota’s HQ2 bid is subject to transparency laws. So why didn’t the State release the bid back in 2017? Apparently, Governor Dayton did not think taxpayers had the right to see what was promised to Amazon. When a small non-profit (Public Record Media) sued to get a copy of the bid, the State claimed that it did not possess a copy of the bid. ...

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Without Subsidies, Wind and Solar Are Still the Most Expensive Energy Sources In Minnesota

Renewable energy advocates often quote the cost of power purchase agreements (PPA) between wind and solar developers and utilities as evidence that wind and solar are the cheapest sources of electricity in Minnesota. However, PPA agreements show the price after federal subsidies are applied, and therefore do not represent the full cost of wind and solar. Furthermore, documents drafted by Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power show that once the subsidies are gone, the PPA price of electricity generated from wind and solar is expected to increase substantially. According to Otter Tail Power, wind energy increases as much as 119 percent without...

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Has Mobility in the United States Really Declined?

Drawing on a brilliant book by Berkeley’s Neil Gilbert, I recently (April 25) wrote about how family fragmentation adversely affects economic and social mobility.  But what about perpetual claims that mobility overall in the United States has declined precipitously?  This has become a staple charge by commentators and politicians on the left – especially if the latter are running for president.  Yet is it empirically true?  What does Gilbert’s 2017 book, Never Enough: Capitalism and the Progressive Spirit, say about the matter?  Here’s an extended excerpt (p. 111). The passage begins with Gilbert citing “remarkable discrepancies in the research findings,” quoting...

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