ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT USA Today recently published an op-ed with a headline as stark and simple as any you’ll see in the ongoing debate over causes and remedies for our widening student success gaps along lines of income and race, and our overall decline on global education rankings. That headline: “A poverty, not education, crisis in the U.S.’’ Addressing the predictable hand-wringing over our nation&... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A heated exchange about causes and possible responses to widening economic inequality broke out recently among some of the Minnesota Legislature’s more senior leaders in a meeting of the House-Senate Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy. The clash pitted Senate Minority Leader David Hann and state Rep. Greg Davids, who essentially argued that inequality trends were normal or unimporta... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As sure as a cold front follows a December snowfall, the end-of-year economic forecast and the state budget projections bring on the howls that Minnesota government is too big and taxes have to be cut. The latest forecast shows a $1 billion variance to the positive, and evidence abounds that Minnesota’s economy is performing well above national averages, despite predictions that the 2013 tax increase... Read More
The director of the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP), Carlos Mariani Rosa (also known as state Rep. Carlos Mariani), frequently travels the length and breadth of our state to make a compelling case for closing our state’s racial opportunity gaps in education. The MMEP narrative is based on the obvious facts of fundamental socio-economic unfairness and systemic disadvantage for minority communities, with resulting gaps in te... Read More
Former Vice President Dick Cheney once said that with just a 1-in-100 chance that Pakistan was helping al-Qaeda to develop nuclear weapons, we must treat it as a certainty in terms of our response. Yet, with a 95-in-100 likelihood that humans are triggering a warmer climate — the recent conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — a political atmosphere of “uncertainty” about the need for action has bred... Read More
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