In a positive turn of events, the state of Florida has passed a law that makes it easier for some professions to do their jobs. The law, which is called the occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act, effectively reduces or eliminates licensing requirements for multiple professions. This is one of the biggest licensing reforms ever undertaken by any state and it will go a long way in reducing unemployment and increasing entrepreneurship in the state.
Keeping to Education Minnesota’s political history of almost exclusively, with rare exceptions, supporting one political party and its affiliates, the teachers' union recently announced its endorsements of 81 candidates for election—all running under the DFL party. But even if teachers' political views do lean left, there are several races where multiple DFL candidates are running against each other in the upcoming primary. Which means teachers are forced to support the candidate the union favors, undermining their own political preferences. And why is the union involved in partisan politics to begin with?
Minnesota's economy weathered the first three months of 2020 better than the US as a whole, but worse than its neighbors to the south and west.
Many people believe that wind and solar are the best sources of electricity for the environment, but many of these same people are surprised to learn that these sources of energy also have environmental impacts, and they are significant. Our friends at the Clear Energy Alliance have released a new video explaining what happens to wind turbines when they reach the end of their 20-year useful lifetime. Center of the American Experiment has been at the forefront of exposing the dirty aspects of so-called “clean energy.” Our article exposing the $532,000 price tag for decommissioning a single wind turbine is even...
As we continue to wait for school reopening plans to unfold, school leaders across the country and the national teachers' union are repeating an all-to-familiar call for increased education spending, despite the billions in extra aid that has already been made available. In fact, they have even suggested they are ready to "keep schools shuttered if lawmakers don't pony up," according to Frederick Hess with the American Enterprise Institute. But many of these laments about inadequate funding were occurring even before the health care crisis hit, creating a "schools that cried wolf" narrative.
With some 561,000 absentee ballots tallied in 2018, there’s no flattening of the curve when it comes to the number of Minnesotans expected to vote absentee this fall. By all accounts, the number of residents likely to make their choice via absentee ballot will increase significantly again, due to concerns over voting in person because of COVID-19. So it will be more critical than ever to have the proper procedures in place to oversee the security and integrity of hundreds of thousands or more absentee ballots in November. Nowhere more so than in Minneapolis, the biggest city in the state....
Generally, there is a crisis that has been brewing in Minnesota; parents lack access to childcare services, and in the case that they have access, they can rarely afford to pay tuition. This crisis, however, affects different regions differently. And rural areas suffer the most when it comes to accessing childcare services, as showcased by the map.