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
Fairer taxes must be part of solution Winona Daily News Versions of this op-ed also appeared in The Star Tribune, The Bemidji Pioneer, The Recorder-Spokesman, and The Mankato Free Press. As Minnesotans brace for all the human pain and suffering caused by one of the more serious private-sector failures in memory, it makes no sense whatsoever to knock the stuffing out of our public sector as well. It’s our public institutions and in... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE Political success in Minnesota has often hinged on an ability to simultaneously promote two goals, economic growth and economic justice. Voters tend to be leery of an overemphasis on one or the other, but generally reward candidates (the last three governors offer cases in point) who appear to strike a balance between the two. Finding that balance is not easy in fast-changing Minnesota -- but help is on the way. A new think tank, ... Read More
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