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
State Chamber backs a gas tax The West Central Tribune reports the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's support for a 7 Read More
The $30 million allocated to local road improvement in Gov. Pawlenty's $1 billion bonding proposal doesn't have some officials in Mower County very excited, according to the Austin Daily Herald: Read More
When local governments are under pressure to do more with less, it's tempting to focus on service cuts or fight over taxes, rather than tackle the long-term job of self-assessment and continuous improvement. Dakota County is one local government making sure it's looking at the big picture. Last week, according to an article in ThisWeek, Dakota County commissioners reviewed the county's report card from the Minnesota Council for Quality. The evalu... Read More
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