ST PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Whether to strive for a monumentally historic session or simply a politically safe product — whether to reach for brass rings or get down to a few brass tacks — is the big strategic choice facing Gov. Dayton and the 2013 Legislature. In my last Capitol Report column, I offered some cheap advice, based on 40 years of Legislature-watching, urging that long-term goals (brass rings) be establishe... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A history lesson about the possibilities of productive legislative achievement — drawing from the landmark session of 1973 under brand new DFL legislative majorities and a DFL governor at mid-term — was offered in an article by veteran St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Bill Salisbury this week. That 1973 session, Salisbury wrote, ”provided consumer and environmental protections, boosted wom... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT That fine Minnesota tradition of everybody pitching in to help those in need or to ward off threats to the community — think of the barn-raising after a fire, or all hands showing up to fill sandbags during spring flooding — is resurgent in the Twin Cities these days. The threat at hand, which also is a tremendous opportunity, is more subtle and much more dangerous long-term than fire or flood.... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT It got scant news coverage, but a presentation last week by a national affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — which was in perfect sync that day with one of the nation’s leading voices for boosting college completion and postsecondary training and education — may have far-reaching consequences in Minnesota. More than a hundred attendees at a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce conference o... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s best hope for reducing disparities and achieving broad improvement in educational results was on display last week at a packed ballroom at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Some 300 of the “Granite City’s” most involved citizens, from CEOs to principals to parents to social workers to new immigrant leaders, turned out to applaud the unveiling of St. Clo... Read More
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