ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT It got scant news coverage, but a presentation last week by a national affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — which was in perfect sync that day with one of the nation’s leading voices for boosting college completion and postsecondary training and education — may have far-reaching consequences in Minnesota. More than a hundred attendees at a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce conference o... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s best hope for reducing disparities and achieving broad improvement in educational results was on display last week at a packed ballroom at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Some 300 of the “Granite City’s” most involved citizens, from CEOs to principals to parents to social workers to new immigrant leaders, turned out to applaud the unveiling of St. Clo... Read More
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
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