That anti-government refrain about Minnesota being too generous for workers — and thus, bad for business — always tends to grow louder as temperatures and political campaigns heat up. But so far this summer we seem to be hearing a little less exaggerating about all our “successful” people and businesses packing up and moving to low-tax states like Florida. It could be that all the economic news and statistical evidence... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The Harvard Business School recently published a paper, as part of its U.S. Competitiveness Project, headlined “Reinventing the Local Education Ecosystem,’’ analyzing a particularly ambitious national movement to improve educational and economic outcomes. The lengthy Wikipedia explanation of “ecosystem’’ is all about biology and the natural environment, of course. But th... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT If you are wondering whether Minnesota really needed both a sharp increase in the minimum wage AND a Women’s Economic Security Act AND various measures to reduce racial disparities, there is a brand new 50-page report that deserves your attention. “Making Work Pay in Minnesota,’’ a comprehensive study issued at the end of the legislative session by the House Select Committee on Livi... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Policy wonks are abuzz everywhere over French economist Thomas Piketty’s dense and monumental book, “Capital in the 21st Century,”and about the seeming inevitability of widening inequality under global capitalism. But a poignant scene in the movie “Inequality for All” brings home that reality in a way that charts and graphs can never capture. A struggling West Coast couple, ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A recent report by the national research group PolicyLink features three maps showing Minnesota’s changing demographics over the course of 60 years, with each of our state’s 87 counties shaded to indicate the evolution of our diversity. Source: Policy Link, U.S. Census Bureau, Woods & Poole Economics. The 1980 map is almost all homogenous, with people of color comprising more than... Read More
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