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
Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans link to Powerpoint Read More
Every serious student of public policy In Minnesota needs to see at least the executive summary of an important new study out this week by the highly respected Itasca Project. The IP is a group of corporate and community leaders that has led the way in the past with consensus-seeking studies on transportation investment, early childhood education needs, and the education achievement gap. The Itasca Project's latest report el... Read More
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