Some recent stories illustrate some of the consequences of the pay for services model of government. In Tonka Bay, the city has decided to charge fees to defray the costs of opening City Hall for public meetings that are not city-run. The council declined to waive the fee for a Republican Party caucus, and then decided it was consistent to also charge the League of Women Voters to stage its non-partisan candidate forum. The League objected. In Me... Read More
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You don't build a recession-resistant economy that creates lasting prosperity with a one-time rebate check or tax cuts for only the very wealthy. The sad state of the economy today is living proof that a tax cut to the wealthy without investments in people has been a failure. Minneapolis has shown that you build common ground for a recession-resistant economy by investing in people and investing in an environment where opportunity and innovation is fostered. Read More
Score one for accountability. Effectiveness of public investment? Well... Even though a new report on JOBZ likely provoked some heartburn for supporters and raised serious questions about its cost-effectiveness, the report provides a useful look into the pitfalls that can afflict well-meaning economic development programs. Last month, we outlined some concerns about the state's JOBZ program designed to aid distressed areas of Minnesota by providi... Read More
According to the Redwood Falls Gazette, Rep. Marty Seifert received the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association's Legislator of the Year Award Monday. In his remarks, the House Minority Leader made some comments that we may be hearing again during the legislative seasons. Seifert said in 1972 the top three job providers in the state of Minnesota were 3M, Honeywell and Dayton-Hudson. They were big companies that provide good benefits to their... Read More
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