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Why are public schools feeding students, who are not in school, during the summer?

I am not at all unsympathetic to hungry kids if they have incompetent and/or neglectful parents. But this is not a proper expenditure or activity for any public school. Period. This gives a whole new meaning to in loco parentis. These schools have operational deficits and massive unfunded pension liabilities. Even if you could accept the argument that schools should feed kids year-round, and I do not, we do not have the money. The good news is local charities are involved; it should stop there. ...

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See how the federal tax cut impacted you. Then remember that Gov. Dayton’s veto likely means your taxes going up anyway

Next year Minnesotans will have to fill out a 2018 federal income tax form, a Minnesota-only tax form based on the old federal tax code, and a Minnesota tax form. An estimated 800,000 Minnesotans are expected to end up paying up to $850 million in extra taxes. But, they can look at the Tax Foundation's calculator and think about what might have been. ...

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Minnesota needs to improve its poor recent record on youth employment

The participation rate for 16 to 19 year olds in Minnesota has fallen from 69.8% in 2000 to 52.3% in 2016, a fall of 17.5 percentage points. Improving this recent record on youth employment-which is a nationwide phenomenon-would have real benefits. It would help alleviate the 'labor shortage' and it would enable the workers of tomorrow begin acquiring the skills they need. ...

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