Minnesota tax burden no longer in top 10If Minnesota is open for business, where are the jobs? The tax burden may have been lifted, but traffic congestion is greater than ever, personal income growth is waning and for the first time in 30 years, the unemployment rate in Minnesota is higher than the national average. Dane Smith adds his two cents to the quality-of-life debate in this Star Tribune article published on June 12,... Read More
Left, right or middle, public policy groups enrich our state and the debateIt has taken a while for many players and commentators to recognize the massive influence of the Internet on politics and public life, but the power of blogs, podcasts, wikis and similar gizmos is increasingly appreciated, or at least sensed. This is the case even by those of us reduced to using words like "gizmos." As for new local entries into this expanding universe... Read More
Education Summit draws big crowd & positive reviews Early reviews from participants were resoundingly positive Monday afternoon after the largest and most ambitious event in the five-year history of Growth & Justice: a coming together of leading national academic researchers, Minnesota policy-makers and education professionals for a full day of robust discussion focused on what really works to increase higher education attainment.More tha... Read More
Eyeballing the bang we get for our education buckTwo professors have cracked the nut of an old problem: How do you perform a cost-benefit analysis on education? Henry M. Levin and Clive R. Belfield examined the public costs of a high school dropout on Minnesota taxpayers, then looked at the cost of programs that boost high school graduation rates. Voila: a positive cost-benefit ratio. Levin, a professor at Columbia University, and Belfield, ... Read More
Invest early to get more kids in college, experts sayThe Star Tribune's report on our "Smart Investments in Minnesota's Students" conference said funding early education is the key to increasing the number of college grads, and the investment promises large returns for the state. The story is good as far as it goes, but early childhood programs only address the vital starting point in the college pipeline. For ultimate success, the state must... Read More
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