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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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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

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

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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