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What if health care was more like the auto insurance market?

In a recent Star Tribune letter, Dr. John Dryer of Maple Grove tried to argue against free-market health care reform but he unwittingly illustrated one of the main problems with the American health care system. Dryer was responding to a previous Start Tribune letter by Kyle Christensen that opposed state mandates and argued that “the best way to help individuals buy health insurance is to reduce the cost of it.”  Dryer’s response was that taking his point “to its logical conclusion, the state should drop the requirement that car drivers carry insurance.” Car insurance is relatively affordable because the power of competition...

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Florida Is Recruiting Minnesota’s Citizens

One of our friends who spends time in Florida received this invitation to a seminar on the advantages of Florida residency over Minnesota. Click to enlarge: A few points to note: * The event will take place in Naples, which has long been known as the Winter home of many Minnesotans. * The speaker will explain how to change one's legal residence from Minnesota to Florida. Many people have a choice as to what state they want to select as their residence for tax purposes. * Considerations to be discussed include income, estate and property taxes. Florida does not have an income tax, while...

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High-tax states should abandon misguided schemes and focus on lowering taxes

A recent New York Times story explains how liberals in high-tax states are plotting for ways around the new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions that will mostly affect those with high incomes and luxurious homes.  But I don’t understand their concern since we have heard for years that the wealthy should be paying more in taxes, and many even proclaim they are happy to.  During the recent tax reform debate, one minute liberals complained about massive tax cuts for the rich, the next they groused about how the deductibility cap would hurt those with high-priced homes.  Not...

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Strib’s Sustainable Food Series Panned by Ag Experts

The Star Tribune recently featured a high-profile series on Minnesota's most important industry--agriculture. But right off the top the paper's coverage appeared to be driven largely by the tastes of organically inclined subscribers. Much of the food industry has rallied around the idea of “sustainability,” which in the most precise definition refers to the ability of a food system to last over time. But the word has become a broad banner for issues like animal welfare, soil management, fair farm wages or climate change. A blatant political agenda tainted "the future of food" coverage for some readers. Turning to a fringe group...

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Minnesota’s economic performance has room for improvement

Arguments that Minnesota's economy is bound to grow more slowly than the national average because of 'convergence' are based on outdated research and an overly simplified application of economic theory. There is no ‘magic bullet’ for economic growth and Minnesota’s economic performance is not “dismal’. But it could be better. And, with the economic advantages of a hardworking, highly educated workforce and a diverse economy, we should do better....

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