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Why the Great Society Wasn’t

American Experiment President John Hinderaker interviews acclaimed author Amity Shlaes about the lingering burdens of Big Government domestic policies from the 1960s. Your new book, Great Society, turns out to be very timely because it seems to me that we are seeing a lot of echoes today of some ideas that many people thought were dead and gone after the 1960s. That’s right. There are some wonderful books from the ’80s and ’90s that refer to the Great Society as a failure, yet so many themes of ’60s idealism are right back here today with young people supporting goals that were the...

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Efforts to support women in technical careers continue

Dunwoody College of Technology’s Women in Technical Careers scholarship program supports female students studying technical-related majors. Given the challenges created by COVID-19, the application deadline has been extended to June 1. Check out this video from the Center's Great Jobs project to hear the powerful stories of Minnesota women in these important fields. ...

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How Met Council, Local Governments Deny Affordable Housing to the Working Poor

Nearly everyone acknowledges that the lack of housing available for people of low and middle income is one of the most serious problems facing the Twin Cities today. Experts use a standard measure to determine whether housing is affordable: If a household spends 30 percent or more of its income on housing expenses (mortgage or rent), then that household is considered “cost-burdened” and their housing is not affordable. By this measure, more than 27 percent of Twin Cities residents were cost-burdened in 2017, according to Minnesota Compass, using U.S. Census Bureau data. And the poorest are hit hardest. Nearly 85 percent in...

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Covid’s Assault on Entrepreneurs

A lot has been written about great numbers of Minnesotans and Americans passionately disagreeing with one another about how and when to “open up” the state and country.  A lot also has been written about how great numbers of such contesting Americans live in separate worlds, some might say universes, albeit all in one country. Peggy Noonan, for example, wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week about how there is a “class divide between those who are hardline on lockdowns and those who are pushing back.  We see the professionals on one side . . . and regular people on...

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Restaurants, bars, barbershops and other establishments to open on June 1st but with some heavy limitations

Nobody has said that reopening the economy will be a quick path to recovery but it sure is a good start for most businesses. We can all agree that the service industry even though it stood to lose from the coronavirus, has been more hurt by the heavily mandated one size fit all lockdowns and the way they have been imposed. The restaurant industry has especially been hard-hit by the uncertainty surrounding the length of the lockdown order. There have been so many changes made to the stay at home order since it was first introduced on March 18th to selected...

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State of MN Demands High School Students Return Mistaken Coronavirus Unemployment Checks

Who says students aren't learning much during the the shutdown of schools and cancellation of classes for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus recess? Some Minnesota high schoolers have gotten an invaluable crash course in how government can give and take away taxpayer resources, sometimes even at the same time. The lesson learned came in the form of COVID-19 unemployment checks administered by the state and applied for by some students who lost their jobs because of the virus. But the recipients quickly got a civics lesson in government red tape, according to KARE TV. In Minnesota, high...

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