Watch for lots of retrospective media commentary in the next couple of weeks, as we mark the end of one of the worst years in the economic history of Minnesota and the United States, but also one of the worst decades in modern times. The pundits will offer us a zillion theoretical causes for these hard times, from the 9/11 trauma at the start of this blighted decade, to dislocations from a more global e... Read More
A new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy breaks down who among "non-elderly households" is paying what taxes at the state and local level.The report shows what we've been saying here for years Read More
(This is a response to the right honorable King Banaian, of SCSU Scholars blog, who has the coolest name in the Minnesota blogosphere, and who also is a fairly responsible adversary.) Dear King, You raise some fair points in your critique of our recent post, in which we demonstrate that Minnesota state and local governments actually are taking a smaller share of our income throughout this decade, and in which we further po... Read More
As a former reporter for the Star Tribune who wrote scores of news stories based on the Minnesota Poll, I am very familiar with the science of polling and its limitations, and the crucial importance of context. Here's some important context for the poll results and the headline that declared "Obama's support declines sharply.'' A drop in 10 percentage points on job appr... Read More
As the Minnesota Legislature struggles to close a gaping revenue shortfall, I'm in Colorado watching how another set of lawmakers attacks the same problem.The two states are similar in size, ethnic makeup and per capita personal income. They are weathering the recession better than many others, but are dealing with the harsh fact that a contracting economy shrinks revenue at the same time it increases demand for government services.So it Read More
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