For a second consecutive year on Labor Day Sunday, I had the privilege of delivering the sermon at my Unity Church in St. Paul (Unitarian Universalist). I focused on the the great tradition of progressive capitalism in Minnesota, embodied by people like William Drew Washburn, the founder of the forerunner of General Mills and the founder of the First Universalist Society of Minneapolis, and the subject of Read More
In a forum for gubernatorial candidates early this week, I heard GOP candidate Tom Emmer extol tax reform efforts in Rhode Island as a possible model for encouraging economic development under an Emmer administration. In June, I wrote about the Rhode Island measure, pointing out its tax reforms were positive but any economic impact claims were unproven.To hear such praise for the Rhode Island reforms, you'd think the nation's tiniest stat... Read More
Here's a round-up of some particularly good fodder for practical progressives in the news recently: Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus is continuing to develop as a thoughtful centrist heir to David Broder and she really hit the mark with her recent commentary (headlined in the Star Tribune, "If taxes never go up, we go down''). Marcus nailed Gov. Tim Pawlenty for his recent statement implying that the U.S. has highe... Read More
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, addressing a hotel banquet room in Minneapolis packed with the nation's top state education officials, said Friday morning that college leaders and K-12 leaders "have frequently acted as if they occupy different universes.''Duncan said both have to work much more closely together if the United States expects to achieve the goal set by President Obama of regaining its standing ... Read More
University of St. Thomas finance professor John Spry asks whether Minnesota should follow Rhode Island's "bold" tax reform.Perhaps the real question is whether a bill that unanimously passes both houses is as bold as it looks.The reforms include cutting the state's top marginal income tax rate from 9.9 percent to 5.99 percent, reducing the number of tax brackets from 5 to 3, and raising the personal income tax standard deduction while... Read More
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