ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT We may just be reaching a consensus on what most Minnesotans and most Americans really believe about taxes and the size and role of their governments in an increasingly diverse state and nation. First, amid all the exultation over a “New America,” let’s just make it clear that conservatism’s death has been greatly exaggerated. That durable philosophy is very much alive, if not all t... 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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Call it by any name you like -- “income disparity” or “economic inequality” or “widening gap” or “wealth divide” -- the point is the same: the rich are indeed getting richer and the poor are indeed getting poorer. The top 1 percent of us on the income ladder are benefitting from a growing and unprecedented share of income and wealth, while also enjoying histori... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As state and federal budget debates heat up this month, the taxophobes are bombarding us with propaganda claiming that too many groups are getting too good a deal. Who are these groups getting deals that are just too good? Social Security recipients and other mostly older folks receiving Medicare and Medicaid, despite working all their lives and paying for those benefits. Schoolteachers and publ... Read More
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