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Copper, Nickel, and Titanium Mining Would Nearly Offset Estimated Population Decline in Northern Minnesota

The Minnesota state demographer expects the population in five northern counties to shrink, on net, by 9,710 people by 2050. That is, unless 8,500 people are employed as a result of new jobs created by mining Minnesota's wealth of copper, nickel, platinum, cobalt, and titanium resources....

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Check Out the Thinking Minnesota Poll

Center of the American Experiment has initiated a poll in connection with our quarterly magazine, Thinking Minnesota. The poll, conducted by nationally-recognized Meeting Street, samples 500 Minnesota registered voters. Typically the largest number of questions will relate to the subject of the magazine's cover story, but other topics are polled as well. The most recent survey, conducted at the end of August and beginning of September, contains some eye-opening findings. Like the fact that by 65% to 31%, better than two to one, Minnesotans want lower income taxes in all brackets. And the fact that Minnesotans overwhelmingly want to reduce state...

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A tip credit will go some way towards mitigating the harm that St. Paul’s leaders want to do to the city’s labor market

"The only restaurants that are going to be able to survive this (minimum wage hike without a tip credit) are big corporate chains. Small restaurants just can’t afford it" says Jennifer Schellenberg of Restaurant Workers of America. This echoes the findings of a report by the Citizens League earlier this year. They found that most of St. Paul's large employers, such as U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo, were already paying their staff at least $15 an hour. The people who would be hit hardest by the the city's politicians commanding its small business owners to increase their staff costs by up to...

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Nuances of College Debt

As an integral part of American Experiment’s multi-year project, “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree,” my colleagues Katherine Kersten, Catrin Thorman, and I have written a lot about how college debt poses major problems for many young, and not-so-young men and women—and quite often for their parents. What we’ve reported is quite true, though not necessarily as detailed or nuanced as fuller treatments would allow. Let me catch up and add some detail and nuance to the issue by drawing from a book of mine to be published in early 2019, Education Roads Less Traveled: Solving America’s Fixation on Four-Year Degrees,...

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