ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Those of us on the road and vacationing in Minnesota this summer are seeing more “Help Wanted” and “Get Job Applications Here” signs than we’ve seen in many years. At midmorning this week, for instance, along West St. Germain Street just west of downtown St. Cloud, a man was actually wearing this happy problem. He was walking up and down the sidewalk outside a job-placement ce... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The annual summit meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a big show that’s coming to the Twin Cities next month, features a breakout session labeled “Keeping the American Dream Alive.” That’s a rather cosmic policy objective on a calendar that includes wonky sessions on how to manage public employee pensions and the latest developments in voting technology. But ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Joseph E. Stiglitz was a rising star in the field of economics and the author of a textbook, “Economics of the Public Sector,” for a graduate course that I was privileged to audit as part of a journalism fellowship at Stanford University in the early 1990s. That well-worn textbook is still in easy reach on my shelf, in part because since then, Stiglitz has grown enormously in stature. He won th... Read More
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
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