The question was: "What helps or hinders growth in Minnesota?" The venue was a luncheon program in Bloomington this week at the "Grow Minnesota'' project sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The answer, in large part, turns out to be smart public-sector investment. And those weren't our words, although we say them often enough at Growth & Justice, but the implicit and explicit response from four exemplary real-world bu... Read More
[via Lincoln Institute of Land Policies] An article in the LA Times (registration required) describes the latest beachhead in the privatization of government services: Fulton County Georgia. Newly established cities have been carved out of the large county that encompasses Atlanta and unincorporated areas north and south. The affluent, white, northern tier began a secession movement, to retain tax money that had been flowing into the city. It's ... Read More
As the legislature heads into its one-day special session, we're reminded of the $31.8 million in budget appropriations the governor has already redirected to flood relief. It's not the only shifting going on. According to a story in Willmar's West Central Tribune, some county and municipal officials are watching closely as MNDoT prepares to borrow from a local government highway fund to keep the Northstar commuter rail project on track.County o... Read More
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