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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT For all you potential new humans out there in the ether who are destined to be born in the Twin Cities, here’s a tip for a longer and healthier life: Don’t let that stork drop you in the wrong ZIP code. Do not be born to parents who are poor and uneducated, black or American Indian, and living in St. Paul’s Frogtown or North Minneapolis, or in the growing pockets of poverty in the inner-r... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Let’s seek long-term goals, and measurable outcomes, from gubernatorial candidates Minnesota news media and candidates alike this summer seem to be fixated, understandably, on the details of balancing a lollapalooza of a projected budget shortfall in 2011. But for our gubernatorial candidates in particular, emergency management should not be the only thing, or even the main thing. Leadership at thi... Read More
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