We can only hope that voters are catching on fast to the more overlooked of two very wrongheaded constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall, and the Star Tribune Sunday illuminated the huge downside of the so-called Voter ID amendment (more accurately labeled as the Voter Restriction & Suppression Amendment). Veteran political reporter Jim Ragsdale wrote an incisive front-page piece explaining how an estimated 215,000 voters Read More
Last week South St. Paul Public Schools superintendent ?Dave Webb announced a partnership with Inver Hills Community College (IHCC) that will allow high school seniors to graduate with an associate degree at no cost and without ever leaving the high school grounds. Growth & Justice has long been advocating for more seamless transitions all along the education pathway, with high-quality early childhood education aligning with early grade... Read More
Congressman Paul Ryan is routinely described as a "wonk." And all of us policy enthusiasts have to like the new focus on substance--budgets and taxes and who gets how much--that's likely to occur with the naming of a fellow wonk as Mitt Romney's running mate. Conservative and liberal commentators also agree that the choice of Ryan signals a harder turn by Romney toward a more specific anti-tax, anti-government policy agenda. It refl... Read More
In an op/ed appearing in several Minnesota newspapers, State Representatives Deb Kiel and Dan Fabian call out Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans for saying something to the effect that a Thief River Falls entrepreneur did not build his business alone. It Read More
Sometimes the anti-tax, anti-government zealots will actually concede that the United States is an outlier in economic inequality and becoming more unequal all the time. But they hasten to insist that this is a function of a meritocracy, and that our weak economic security system and low taxes foster creativity, initiative and innovation, from which all boats will rise. But during a period marked by historic tax cuts and federal-state disinvestme... Read More
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