ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT If you’re a sparsely populated rural state with little going on in your economy besides farming or fossil fuel extraction, and you also have low taxes or no income taxes, then putting a top priority on higher education completion might not make a huge difference to your economic health and state budget. But if you’re a state with a large metropolitan area harboring lots of professional, high-te... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The recent travails of the Minnesota Twins amount to an object lesson for state policymakers on the crucial importance of investing in our own homegrown potential, specifically when it comes to the young talent pool that will determine how economically competitive we are moving forward. There’s consensus now that our beloved Twins somehow lost track of their successful do-it-yourself formula. Our you... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT I am among many white Americans, and a much smaller percentage of Minnesotans, with an actual slave-owning ancestor. I know of at least one, Welcome Williams Chandler and his wife, Sarah, who “founded” Brown County, deep in the heart of Texas, in the 1850s. He and his truculent Anglo-American Protestant horde displaced Native Americans and Mexican people, killed them when they resisted, and hel... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the most unforgettable economic policy statements I ever heard came from a presidential candidate in the early 1990s who explained that we had lots of people who needed work, and lots of work that needed to be done, and that we ought to get those two problems on the same page. And so it is with the “skills gap” and the “equity gap” in Minnesota. On one hand, we have Minneso... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The third-graders in the art class, almost all of them Asian, Latino or African-American, were busily drawing and painting their own artistic visions of the solar system, getting all the planets in order and using the Internet to look up information they needed for fact sheets to round out the project. Free artistic expression was encouraged by their animated and masterful teacher, but there was strong ... Read More
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