The Star Tribune's front-page story today finds that "less government'' is the overwhelming consensus "vision'' for Republican gubernatorial candidates. Peggy Lee and most Minnesotans want to know: Is that all there is? Leaving aside that this mantra sounds more like hard-right, activist-energizing radio talk than inclusive vision casting Read More
Times are tough in the world of commerce these days but the Minnesota Business Partnership put on an uplifting and clever show Tuesday night, highlighted by a very funny Twitterfest orchestrated by partnership director Charlie Weaver. The fictitious tweets that flashed up on the big screen were inspired, including the one ascribed to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, under the name "veer2right'', in a reference to his presidential pros... Read More
The Star Tribune's Thomas Lee reports that "Another Minnesota company leaves for Wisconsin."Dr. Joseph Ward, vice president of Marketing, said: Read More
After the bruising battle over the 2008 transportation bill, the Legislature requested a study of "value capture" as a potential way to raise revenue for future infrastructure investments in Minnesota. The University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies has released its analysis of eight potential strategies for funding transportation based on the concept. Currently, transportation improvements are funded by general revenue (based... Read More
Via Clawback, we see a new study by the Public Policy Institute of California that finds that the state's enterprise zones have no overall effect on job growth. That's in line with findings in other states, including Minnesota, that offering tax credits and other incentives to businesses may raise employment in certain areas, but not within the region, because companies move from zone to zone to take advantage of the incentives.The same m... Read More
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