The week when federal taxes are due predictably generates fist-shaking by the various forces for individualism and small government and, increasingly, counter-demonstrations by the "99 percent" who favor a stronger public sector and fairer economic outcomes. But the basic fact that taxes actually are lower in the United States and in Minnesota--lower overall than in other wealthy nations and lower for the wealthy in our country than at any time i... Read More
More good news for Minnesota and for the thousands of public school teachers and leaders who have been working so hard for so many years to improve achievement and attainment in our education system. High school graduation rates have risen over the last decade, even though our public schools are working with an increasingly poor and economically distressed student body every year. America's Promise Alliance released a report this... Read More
The passing over the last week of two outstanding public servants, each coincidentally named Gary and each serving with distinction in the state Legislature from rural southwestern Minnesota, helps reinforce the other more important things in common we loved about both of them. Former state Sen. Gary DeCramer was a standout lawmaker and academic thinker, a key shaper of transportation and environmental policy in the state, inc... Read More
There are limitations to the truism that "government ought to run more like a business," or that everything ought to be run like a business, but there's a new book out with a lot of wisdom and practical tips on how every enterprise focused on social justice can learn from business principles. The book is Read More
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