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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Yes, that means raising revenue—i.e., taxes, because the facts matter We’ve all heard people say, in jest, that their minds are made up and that they don’t want to be confused with the facts. But we should demand at least a little more open-mindedness and evidence-based decision-making from our elected legislators, especially in times of crisis. And that’s exactly what we hav... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Trust in federal government is low—and bad news for the party in power—but historically normal. We should recover. Much ado was made recently over a new national survey, which widely was reported as evidence of a “new low” in the American public’s trust in the federal government. Even the most responsible news media, including National Public Radio, got a little breathless... Read More
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