"Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities,'' is an impressive new policy textbook, hot off the University of Minnesota Press, that surveys the state of the metropolitan area and offers prescriptions for smarter growth and reducing racial and economic segregation. The book, co-authored by metropolitan governance experts Myron Orfield and Thomas F. Luce, Jr., belongs on the desks of Minnesota policy enth... Read More
We can't compete with Jason Lewis when it comes to pushing hot buttons and provoking ideological flamers, left and right. Our Feb. 21 front-page Sunday Star Tribune Op-Ex commentary, making a reasoned, pro-business case for raising taxes, to address our historic budget crisis and to continue investing in human capital and infrastructure, elicited 36 comments. Mayb... Read More
The Minnesota news media appear to be trying hard in the midst of a long holiday weekend to tell a complicated story. But they still have not quite captured the enormity of the blockbuster court ruling that Gov. Tim Pawlenty overstepped his authority when he unilaterally slashed our state government's budgets six months ago. At issue was Pawlenty's unprecedented use of "unallotment'' power to ... Read More
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
Our continuing and increasingly dubious experiment with starving the public sector in Minnesota is producing almost daily reports of questionable budget cuts. A Star Tribune front-page story on disappearing lifeguards at public beaches is the latest manifestation of our increasingly penurious fiscal policy. Anti-government conservatives like to claim that much or most of government investment is unnecesssa... Read More
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