The Twin Cities Met Council: A Comparative Assessment This report is designed to give lawmakers and citizens basic information about how the Met Council compares to other large, metro area bodies bot...Read full report
Minnesota’s Constitution imposes some important limitations on a city’s tax power. For several years, the city of St. Paul has imposed a right-of-way assessment on all property owners to fund road...Read full article
Why fight over light rail when there's bus rapid transit? BRT is cheaper than LRT. It could actually ease congestion and, if it fails, it's less down the drain....Read full article
Allow me to juxtapose two news stories. The first is a local story, a small rebellion so obscure you might not have noticed it, which signals an important shift in regional partnerships. The other is ...Read full article
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to a local city council about the obstacles to the construction of affordable housing which state and local governments erect in terms of in terms of taxes, fe...Read full post
The maintenance of law and order is one of the core functions of government. How do you think Saint Paul’s government is doing?...Read full post
The cover story in the current issue of Thinking Minnesota is titled “The Masquerade of Good Government.” Written by veteran investigative reporter Tom Steward, it documents the extraordin...Read full post
The Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial board had a great opinion piece last week investigating allegations of fraud and mismanagement for a new credit union designed to promote economic opportunities ...Read full post
If Mayor Frey has developed a new found sense of responsibility to his city's taxpayers it is to be welcomed. Sadly, I suspect that no such Damascene conversion to fiscal responsibility has taken plac...Read full post
Howard Root: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Fed’s Hit-List (5.12.17, 50 min.)...
This presentation is designed to give lawmakers and citizens basic information about how the Met Council compares to other large, metro area bodies both in terms of governance structure and scope of a...