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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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Why do regional planners ignore the future of transportation?

The Weekly Standard recently ran a perceptive piece: The End of the Line: Light rail is a very expensive way to move very few commuters.  Lately communities have been hitting the brakes on funding light rail.  Last month Nashville’s tax increase went down 2-1 at the polls, and Virginia Beach voters turned down light rail in 2016.  Tampa and San Antonio are smartly pushing plans that rely on more buses. “Even in cities where light rail is touted as a success, such as Portland, Ore., light rail accounts for just 0.9 percent of miles traveled.”  The number for the Twin Cities...

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Minnesota ranks 6th nationally for per capita state and local income taxes

It is no secret that Minnesota is one of the most highly taxed states in the union. We are one of the 43 states to have its own income tax, but the top rate—9.850 percent on incomes over $156,911—is higher than anywhere else apart from California, Maine, and Oregon. But it isn't just 'the rich' who are hit with these high rates. Minnesota’s lowest income tax rate of 5.35 percent is higher than the highest tax rate in 23 states. New data from the Tax Foundation shows how we compare nationally. In fiscal year 2015, our state ranked 6th nationwide for the amount of...

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Why Enbridge 3 Pipeline Matters to Minnesota

Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) recently took the rare step of speaking on the floor to give an impassioned speech on the vital importance of the Enbridge 3 replacement pipeline project. The $3 billion project would deliver enormous economic and environmental benefits to the state, particularly in northern counties in need of high-paying jobs and taxes generated by the pipeline. But after three years, Enbridge 3 still remains tied up in regulatory red tape under the Dayton administration. Daudt makes a strong case for moving forward with a construction project that's a win-win for Minnesota's environment and economy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbsZfLQ9Y_U&feature=youtu.be Unfortunately, Gov....

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