We have this week a confluence of events that ought to lift our hopes and sharpen our resolve to reduce racial and economic inequality in our state and nation, and to build a more inclusive prosperity. The hope comes from the momentous coincidence today of Martin Luther King's official birthday observance and a re-inauguration, after a convincing re-election, of the first African-American president of the United States. Michelle... Read More
Just over a week ago, I did a post about the impact of earmarks on the availability of funds to fix roads and bridges. (Short version: Earmarks have an effect, but fixing them won't fix the investment problem.) For the piece, I relied on some 2004 numbers from the US Department of Transportation (USDoT). It turns out there are 2006 numbers available. As you might guess, the estimated costs are higher, so the new data doesn't affect my argument. I... Read More
Any hard-line, no-new-taxes, market-solutions-only types had to be disappointed if they went to this week's American Experiment Luncheon Forum: "Safeguarding and Rebuilding America's Physical Infrastructure: The Indispensable Role of Markets." And why not? Robert Poole, director of transportation studies for the libertarian Reason Foundation, came to town in the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse to talk with officials and the public about the nation Read More
No news is good news, they say. And in the news business, good news too often is NOT news, or sensational enough to display prominently. But one distinctive cover page of the Star Tribune Read More
Joe Selvaggio is a celebrated former priest who has spent nearly half a century helping poor folks become more productive and less poor, lately through the MicroGrants program and before that, Project for Pride in Living. He also recently authored one of the most inspiring and articulate cases I've ever seen for investing in the human potential of our large and growing underclass. His powerful essay appeared in the Star Tr... Read More
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