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STEMentor in the Twin Cities Preps Students for STEM Careers

There is a scarcity of workers with basic STEM competencies across the entire economy, touching on virtually every industry. Think of this problem as a lack of basic STEM literacy. How might this deep, country-wide problem be alleviated? A major step in the right direction is the growing number of educational, industrial, and other programs aimed at increasing fundamental STEM competence....

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When comparing economic policies, border counties are a good place to look

Washington County, on one end of the I-94 bridge over the St. Croix, is pretty similar to St. Croix County on the other end. The big difference is that one is in Minnesota and the other is in Wisconsin. Their different governments, state and local, can follow different policies in terms of taxes and regulations, like minimum wage laws. Any differences which we see in terms of economic outcomes can be attributed, in large part, to differences in those policies.  ...

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How Much Do Duplicate Medical Assistance/MinnCare Accounts Cost Taxpayers?

Healthcare coverage for the one million Minnesotans enrolled in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare programs costs state taxpayers more than $5 billion a year. We already know from a past legislative auditor report that tens of thousands of Minnesotans receive healthcare coverage they do not qualify for at a cost to state taxpayers that’s believed to be hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Now it turns out the Minnesota Department of Human Services has been issuing duplicate identities for an unknown number of Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollees, overpaying insurers an unknown amount of taxpayer funds as a result. The bombshell came out at...

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