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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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Divided legislature takes different approaches to education spending

Minnesota's divided legislature has to find common ground on education spending proposals and decide what level of state school funding school districts across Minnesota will receive before a May 20 deadline, according to the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune interviewed me for this article, but my comments did not make it into print. Here is commentary I shared during my interview....

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This is a Whopper: Minnesota’s HQ2 Amazon bid was lost in the Cloud.

Minnesota’s HQ2 bid is subject to transparency laws. So why didn’t the State release the bid back in 2017? Apparently, Governor Dayton did not think taxpayers had the right to see what was promised to Amazon. When a small non-profit (Public Record Media) sued to get a copy of the bid, the State claimed that it did not possess a copy of the bid. ...

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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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A Tale of Two Tims

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the time Minnesotans elected Tim Walz, who seemed like the likeable, flannel wearing dad next door, whose “One Minnesota” campaign slogan conveyed a left-leaning, but moderate, message that although disagreements would be inevitable, the new governor would listen to all sides of the debate and look for ways to bridge the divide with a fair compromise. Minnesotans were justified in believing this...

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Strib Political Reporter Backtracks on DFL Cronyism Expose

He might be called Metro Joe but it was a small Northern Minnesota weekly that broke the expose that the big city newspapers are just catching up to. Former state representative and failed congressional candidate Joe Radinovich was recently hired by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation state agency under circumstances that were questionable at best. The Timberjay newspaper out of Ely, Minnesota gathered all of the juicy details of the first scandal of the newly installed Tim Walz administration. It turns out IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips hired Radinovich for a six-figure civil service post and cut corners every step...

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Foundation Pulls the Plug on City’s Chief Resilience Officer

It turns out that you have to be pretty resilient yourself in order to go to work as the chief resilience officer (CRO) for the city of Minneapolis. The city's first resilience officer, DFL-insider Kate Knuth, quit the cutting edge position after a mere seven months on the job without submitting any work product, according to media reports. Knuth summed up her insights gained as CRO in an op-ed at the time. I believe people feel we aren’t capable of taking on the big things because we don’t have the tools to do the work we need to do together. In other...

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