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The Twin Cities’ ‘affordable housing’ shortage was caused by their politicians

A new report finds that the 'affordable housing' crisis in the Twin Cities is a creation of state and local government here. Regulations, passed by lawmakers here, have driven costs up. Is it really sensible to try to solve a problem caused by political regulation with another round of political regulation? ...

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Minnesota has high business taxes which research shows hurt our economy. Will Gov. Walz raise them?

New research shows that higher state business and personal tax rates mean fewer businesses, less employment, and reduced capital investment. Minnesota has the fourth highest top marginal individual income tax rate in the country and the third highest corporate income tax rate, which might explain why our state lags the national average in new business formation, job creation, and capital per worker. Gov. Walz must commit to not hike business taxes even further. ...

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Beer Boom

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2019 Issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota.   To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. When I was growing up in England, American beer had a pretty bad reputation. All you ever saw were light, lager beers with lots of bubbles and little taste.  Overall, most people shared the opinion of Monty Python’s Eric Idle, who said in 1982 that American beer was “close to water.” That impression has changed in the last decade. When I first visited Minnesota in 2007, I was surprised to discover quality beer...

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Research shows that higher state business and personal tax rates mean fewer businesses, less employment, and reduced capital investment

Minnesota is one of the highest taxed states in America with the fourth highest top marginal individual income tax rate and the third highest corporate income tax rate. Our state lags the national average in new business formation, job creation, and capital per worker. New research suggests that these two phenomena are causally linked. ...

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Elections Should Be Held One Week After Tax Day

DFL State Senators have introduced legislation that would make voter registration automatic, and on Tuesday, newly-elected Congressman Dean Phillips (DFL) from Minnesota's 3rd Congressional district introduced legislation that would make voting day a holiday. I don't spend an awful lot of time thinking about elections and voting patterns, but I do think it's practically a crime that most elections are held in November, when taxes are due in April. A 2007 article from Kristina Rasmussen at the National Taxpayer's Union agrees: “Time heals all wounds” is usually offered as soothing advice to heart-broken lovers, but many spendthrift politicians have also embraced this axiom as...

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