ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A few weeks ago I stood before the New Port Richey (Florida) City Council and asked the members not to further cut a library budget that had already been eviscerated. I held up an ancient book — “The Library Book” — which I wrote in 1984 to mark the centennial of the Minneapolis Public Library. In my research, I told the council members, I’d learned that a library is an econom... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT After many hours spent talking to folks at the “Our Vote Our Future” booth at the State Fair last week, I’m convinced that if most Minnesotans knew just a few more relevant facts, they would decisively reject the proposed constitutional amendment that would upend and undermine our state’s voting process. The so-called “photo ID” amendment, quite properly described by Min... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT If you’re a sparsely populated rural state with little going on in your economy besides farming or fossil fuel extraction, and you also have low taxes or no income taxes, then putting a top priority on higher education completion might not make a huge difference to your economic health and state budget. But if you’re a state with a large metropolitan area harboring lots of professional, high-te... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The sweetest and funniest moment for me at the unveiling of Hubert H. Humphrey’s statue last week was former President Bill Clinton’s soaring rhetoric about the economic uplift from racial equity and civil rights, and about Humphrey’s dream-come-true of “a more perfect union.” Clinton thanked Humphrey for transforming his once segregated state of Arkansas and the American Sout... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The recent travails of the Minnesota Twins amount to an object lesson for state policymakers on the crucial importance of investing in our own homegrown potential, specifically when it comes to the young talent pool that will determine how economically competitive we are moving forward. There’s consensus now that our beloved Twins somehow lost track of their successful do-it-yourself formula. Our you... Read More
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