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Happy Tax Freedom Day Minnesota!

It is finally Tax Freedom Day in Minnesota, eight days after the national day. Every time in those last eight days that you have dragged yourself out of bed, commuted to work, put in a shift, and commuted back home again, that has been the price you have paid for having a state government which taxes us at above the national average. That is the real burden of Big Government. ...

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Career and Technical Education: Not your grandpa’s vocational education

Career and technical education (CTE) programs are ready to be taken seriously. Gone is the vocational education of years past that was generally interpreted as second-best and known to channel certain populations of students into skilled trades. Your grandpa’s vo-tech got a makeover, and it looks pretty darn good. But there’s still a challenge: getting parents and students to buy-in to the new look....

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New report shows that Minnesota’s economic performance has been lackluster and raises doubts about future performance

Americans seem to love ranking their states and when these reflect well on the state Minnesota's media likes to publicize them. But a new ranking showing that our economic performance has been lackluster and our prospects might not be that great, has received rather less coverage. ...

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Construct Tomorrow shares hands-on construction experiences with students

With the worker shortage problem expected to explode from the current 60,000 unfilled jobs to as many as 280,000 by the end of 2022, sufficient improvements to Minnesota’s talent development pipeline are a must. Baby Boomers with in-demand technical skills are retiring, and few young people have the skills or interest to take their places. But efforts are underway through the Construct Tomorrow program to solve our state’s workforce crisis and get students excited about a future in building and construction trades....

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