STAR TRIBUNE No word has been more effective than “competitiveness” in advancing a business agenda with a rather narrow focus over the last 30 years. Since the early 1980s, in Minnesota and across America, we’ve been told that — for the sake of international competitiveness — jobs had to be outsourced, wages and pensions and health care benefits downsized, and environmental and financial regulations reduced. In... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the sillier accusations tossed at our public schools in recent years is that they fail to teach “values” or provide moral instruction. I spend enough time in the halls and classrooms of Minnesota public schools to know that this is mostly nonsense, and that timeless virtues of respect for others, honesty, and perseverance are inculcated in some way, most days, to most students. But I&r... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s distinctiveness as a home to innovation and invention is a favorite theme for those in the business of marketing our state to potential employers and investors. Post-It notes, snowmobiles, indoor shopping malls, water-skiing, the Pacemaker and other momentous advances in technology are among our best known material inventions. Perhaps less famous but more impactful have been innovations... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A public demand for improving and expanding transportation and transit systems is rising faster than any other concern, according to the latest national survey on policy priorities by the Pew Research Center. And judging from the sheer number and variety of groups joining the MoveMN coalition — which is supporting a package of revenue increases to provide about $700 million more annually for transpor... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When popular will reaches critical mass around a common goal — whether it’s smoke-free restaurants, or landing on the moon, or ending legal segregation, or allowing women to vote, or letting people marry the person of their choice — things can move awfully fast. The dam breaks, the ice goes out, opposition becomes trivial, a new paradigm replaces the old, and we move on to the next obstac... Read More
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