ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota for decades has been handing over precious and limited economic development dollars to individual companies as tax incentives, government-funded loans and other public-sector subsidies, and our state is not alone. All states, to varying degrees, engage in this highly dubious strategy to lure or retain businesses and please fast-talking promoters who promise glitzy projects, new construction ... Read More
Budget Lessons from Arizona TC Daily Planet One great thing about having 50 different states trying to balance budgets is that Minnesota can learn from the mistakes of others. Arizona, for instance. A year ago, 64% of Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, a three-year, one-percent sales tax increase to fund education, which was to receive two-thirds of the proceeds; health care and public safety would split the other t... Read More
Deadlock at the state Capitol Star Tribune Here's a state budget-balancing idea that's so crazy, as they say in the old movies, it just might work. We know this because a similar scheme worked like a charm just six years ago, when conservative Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty pushed it through to end a state government shutdown. Here's the deal: Rather than raising "taxes,'' we establish a maj... Read More
Hubert Humphrey, whose life will be celebrated May 27, brought millions out of the shadows and into the sunshine of human rights MinnPost.com | By: Dane Smith May 16, 2011 A fair amount of thoughtful reminiscing has already occurred this year on the centennial of Hubert H. Humphrey's birth. And in today's toxic and polarized climate, the remembering has tended to emphasize that Humphrey was respected and even loved... Read More
Smart public investments can help all Minnesotans Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation | By: Dane Smith March 31, 2011 Among many strong arguments for reducing economic and racial inequality and aspiring toward a more inclusive prosperity in Minnesota, few are as compelling as the longevity differences attributed to social determinants of health" and documented in the report "The Unequal Distribution of Heal... Read More
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