Note from G&J: Guest Blogger John James is a former commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue and one of our state's more knowledgeable tax experts. G&J does not necessarily support all of the tax policy proposals advanced here, but we think it's an insightful analysis and a plausible argument. Widespread recognition that Minnesota needs transportation infrastructure investment guarantees another legislative effort t... Read More
The roll-out of Healthcare.gov, the federal online marketplace to purchase insurance under Obamacare, has been beleaguered and ridiculed, to say the least. The media and talk-show hosts have had a field day, and of course the “botched roll out” has been the target of unrelenting criticism from Congressional Republicans. On November 14th, House Speaker John Boehner declared, “The only way to fully pr... Read More
In previous blogs, I wrote about the University of Minnesota and its history of an expectation of transparency and a framework of accountability. In Minnesota, the University follows the same public access to information laws as other government entities, namely the Data Practices Act and the Open Meeting Law, and has had an expectation of accountability to the State Legislature ever since its founding in 1851. That’s 162 years to practice ... Read More
Greetings from El Salvador! To paraphrase and expand on a theme we often heard from Sen. Paul Wellstone, we all do better when all the world’s nations improve their democracies and when more people benefit from more responsive and accountable governments. I’m here on a professional leadership exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas. The Legislative Fellows exchange pro... Read More
I've heard infinite versions of "don't tax me'' or "taxing me or my customers more will destroy my business AND the economy'' in my decades under the dome. And last week's opposition at a House hearing to ending sales tax exemptions on business services was typical in many respects. Just because these fears often turn out unfounded _ our economy was performing better, in the 1990s, w... Read More
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