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How Much Weight Does MN’s “Best State” Ranking Hold?

When it comes to making “Best of” lists, Minnesota is quick to proclaim its superiority. But a MinnPost article questions whether the state is really among the best or just among the best at getting good grades, and it shows how subjective these rankings tend to be. Sound policies, not subjective rankings, will make Minnesota one of the "best." And right now there's still work to be done before the state has full bragging rights. ...

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Liberal Policies Are Devastating America’s Young

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Especially America's young men. That is the message of a report just released by the Census Bureau, titled The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975–2016. You can read the report for yourself, but to sum up, the economics and demographics of young adulthood are changing, all right--for the worse. The Census Bureau finds that about one-third of all young adults, ages 18-34, are living with their parents. That is up from 26% in 1975. Of course, there is nothing wrong with living with your parents when you are 18. The more troubling statistic is that over 8 million Americans...

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Center Launches Major New Education Program

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Wednesday afternoon, American Experiment launched its "Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree" project with a kickoff event at the Minnesota History Center. The keynote speech was delivered by Nick Eberstadt, author of Men Without Work, and Kathy Kersten and Mitch Pearlstein laid out some of their plans for the project. [caption id="attachment_6303" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Nick Eberstadt, speaking art Wednesday's kickoff event[/caption] The event was well-attended despite heavy rain and traffic delays. Guests included educators, union representatives, corporate executives, employees of relevant state agencies, and others. The Star Tribune has a good report on the event: [T]he problem continues to grow in the state...

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Eliot Seide’s Foolish Take on High Minnesota Taxes

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I give Eliot Seide, Minnesota’s leading public employee union boss, credit for his clever Star Tribune column (“OK, it’s a drag, but think what your taxes do”) that painted all the joys of paying high Minnesota taxes on the eve of tax day.  Those foolish Tea Party protesters should be grateful for the opportunity, otherwise imagine the horrors of living without clean water, indoor plumbing, highway lines and lights, the sense of community provided by public transit, teachers, bus drivers, lunchroom staff, librarians, state parks, walleye-stocked lakes, a safety net for the less fortunate, and Meals on Wheels. The logic of Seide’s...

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Minnesota May Lose a Congressional Seat. But Why?

The Star Tribune reports on something that has been in the wind for a while: Minnesota may lose a congressional seat following the 2020 census. Currently, Minnesota has eight congressional districts. That number may fall to seven: Minnesota is facing the risk of losing one of its congressional seats after the next census amid booming population gains elsewhere in the country, a rare event that could diminish the state’s voice in Washington. Based on current population trends, this map shows anticipated gains and losses among the states. Note that none of the states bordering Minnesota is projected to lose a seat: The Strib...

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Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

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We have more than once debunked the claim--often asserted by liberals--that Minnesota's recent economic performance under Governor Dayton has been better than Wisconsin's performance under Governor Walker. This is alleged to be evidence that Minnesota's liberal policies are working. The argument is silly for a number of reasons, including the fact that while Wisconsin may have a Republican governor, it is anything but a red state. And Minnesota's economy has been stronger than Wisconsin's for many years, as Peter Nelson has pointed out on this site. This new video by Jeff Johnson makes some of these points in an entertaining way....

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The Twin Cities Are Falling Behind, and It Isn’t Just Population

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Today the Star Tribune headlines: "Twin Cities population growth lags other major U.S. cities." Based on just-released Census Bureau data, the article says: The Twin Cities metro is growing slower than other major U.S. cities, particularly areas like Denver and Seattle, new U.S. Census population estimates show. The metro area has grown about 6 percent since 2010 — adding 200,000 new people — placing it 17th for growth among the country’s 25 largest cities. This is a function of the fact that more people leave Minnesota for other states than move here from other states. If it weren't for large-scale international immigration, principally...

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MN Loses Population to Other States in 2016 But Some Counties Buck Trend

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Migration, especially domestic migration, is a key indicator of the desirability and success of an area.  People vote with their feet and move to places with good jobs, affordable housing, and strong communities. County-level statistics on population change released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week reveal which areas of Minnesota are winning and losing this vote. Minnesota has been losing population due to people moving away to other states since 2002 and that trend continued in 2016.  Among Minnesota’s counties, 51 lost population from net domestic migration, 35 gained population, and Aitkin County netted out at zero. The five counties experiencing...

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A city-country mice divide in Minnesota? We don’t see it that way

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Less government, more freedom is good for rural and urban Minnesota. This op-ed appeared in the Star Tribune March 20, 2017. In “Bridging our city mouse/country mouse divide” (March 5), Dane Smith and Vernae Hasbargen of the liberal policy group Growth & Justice write that they “have witnessed far too much warfare between metro and rural mice. We are worried that it’s getting worse.” Smith and Hasbargen see a cultural divide between urban and rural Minnesotans. They diagnose “metro condescension” in the cities and “rural resentment” in Greater Minnesota. Some metropolitan progressives think “rural people are gullible hayseeds,” while some rural voters have...

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Why ‘Yuge’ Meeting on Obama MN Mining Ban May Not Matter

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There's a "yuge" public meeting in Duluth tomorrow on the planned Twin Metals copper mine being held up by a last-minute Obama administration preemptive regulatory strike. Hundreds of supporters and protesters will likely show up in a Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management spectacle that could get rowdy over the previous president's moratorium on mining and exploration on 235,000 acres of federal land. Yet some say it's not that big of a deal--the public meeting that is. There's widespread expectation on both sides of the issue that it's only a matter of time before the new administration reverses the ban,...

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