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2019 Legislative Recap

Center of the American Experiment pushed back against far-left policies like the 100% green energy mandate, 70% gas tax hike, and 9% increase in the state budget. Conservative legislators stopped the most radical ideas, but conceded a 6% budget increase. In a surprise victory, a middle-class income tax cut was also passed....

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Minneapolis cancels “sacred” race-segregated staff meetings; Pearlstein calls out Identity Politics

Why is Minneapolis, engaged in this conversation? How does this get any pot holes filled or make the city a safer, better place to live? Just as importantly, how does this advance the “equity” ball? Is this what “Equity Coordinators” do? If so, I have a suggestion for staff cuts that could result in immediate savings to the city’s bottom line....

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St. Cloud VA to Scrap Dysfunctional $2.5 Million Wind Turbine

Nothing stands for government waste and green energy excess like the frozen 250 foot high wind turbine at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Hospital. But alas, not for much longer. In July the VA finally plans to tear down what's become a classic symbol of government ineptitude not only in Minnesota but nationwide. The agency's capitulation follows years of disparagement by the public and the media, including this post I filed in 2014. “The fact of the matter is this machine has not performed as hoped at all. It has a terrible record,” [VA spokesman Barry] Venable said. Unlike some wind farms in...

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No Funding for Proposed Duluth Train This Year

Minnesota taxpayers dodged another bullet with the collapse of a bonding bill at the state legislature this session.  Among the pet projects thankfully left in limbo? The so-called Northern Lights Express (NLX), a more than half a billion dollar boondoggle that was tracked by the Duluth News Tribune. Breakthrough funding for the proposed $550-million passenger rail line between the Twin Ports and Minneapolis will have to wait for at least another year after the Minnesota Legislature last week failed to address the project. Funding for the Northern Lights Express passenger rail line ultimately landed in a proposed off-year bonding bill. The bill...

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Are Minnesota Taxpayers Being Taken for a Ride by Amtrak?

Most Minnesotans have likely never heard of the proposed $550 million Northern Lights Express (NLX) passenger rail line from the Twin Cities to Duluth-Superior. Yet MnDOT has been quietly laying the groundwork for the line for years with a series of engineering and environmental studies. Meantime, Gov. Walz has prioritized the project, requesting $15 million from the legislature to keep NLX on track. If NLX becomes a reality, MnDOT has made it clear that Amtrak would operate the 152-mile line on behalf of the state. In recent weeks Amtrak officials have surfaced in meetings with elected officials in Duluth-Superior and the...

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KARE 11 Investigates: ‘Stay Away Pay’ costs taxpayers millions

Would it surprise you to learn that government employees under investigation for misconduct and sometimes even criminal activity get paid to stay home from work rather than be fired? KARE 11 investigators found investigations sometimes take years, even when the misconduct was self-reported or caught on video! In the meantime, taxpayers are shelling out millions of dollars in pay and benefits. ...

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Bde Maka Ska is now just Lake Calhoun. And Cofffman Union will remain Coffman Union.

It has been a puzzle to me that Lake Calhoun was named after John C. Calhoun. After all, Minnesota was a hard-core abolitionist state. Besides, the guy looks way too intense, perhaps a bit mad, not very Minnesotan. You cannot imagine him enjoying a stroll around any lake, even one named after him. ...

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