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Will Governor Dayton Sign or Veto Omnibus Bills Today?

The special legislative session wrapped up before dawn last Friday with a flurry of bills on their way to Gov. Dayton; K-12 Education, Transportation, Health and Human Services, Taxes, among others. Gov. Dayton, negotiating hard, got a lot of what he asked for from the Legislature. If he vetoes the Omnibus bills, he will be vetoing his own credibility, such as it is. ...

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Titanium Breakthrough Could Be Bigger Than Taconite for Iron Range

Another breakthrough moment for the Minnesota mining industry occurred this week. But will it matter, given environmentalists' reflexive opposition to mining, no matter how responsibly done? The Duluth News Tribune reports ilmenite, a widely available mineral in northern Minnesota, has a bright future. Scientists say they’ve successfully turned an abundant Minnesota mineral called ilmenite into valuable titanium dioxide in a pilot-scale demonstration project on the Iron Range. The announcement Thursday comes one year after the Natural Resources Research Institute of the University of Minnesota Duluth received $600,000 in grants for the pilot project that some scientists say could lead to a breakthrough...

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Transportation Omnibus Bill: VETOED

There is a lot to like in terms of spending for roads, airports and freight. In fact, it follows and improves on the Center’s 2015 Policy Blueprint. The bill includes bonding and eliminates funding for passenger rail. Here’s the big concession: metro counties are given the power to raise the local transit sales tax to half a cent to pay for building and operating transit without a referendum. ...

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Minnesota’s decline: Why Minnesota may lose a congressional seat in 2020

It is no surprise that Minnesota is attractive to immigrants and refugees. But why is Minnesota so unattractive to its own population—or people from around the U.S.? The answer is simple: state and local policies are hostile to good jobs and economic growth. What message will our leaders send when the Governor and legislators go home? ...

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Tax the rich? Done. Chase them from the State? Done.

So what has Dayton done with billions in new revenue? “The net effect is still that under Dayton, Minnesota’s tax system has become meaningfully less regressive. But it should be said that this governor has taxed the rich in order to fund government, not to reduce the tax burden on others.” ...

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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

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

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

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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