ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Ford Motor Company advertised its cars years ago with a theme that the company was focused on “Job One,” which was something about “quality.” I remember an ambush interview back then of the Ford CEO by guerrilla documentarian Michael Moore, who cheekily asked, “What’s job two?” Good question, actually, and as Gov. Dayton and policymakers sort through priorities in ... Read More
PIONEER PRESS At times I almost had to jog to keep up with Principal Billy Chan, a new kind of education leader in a hurry, as he hustled through the halls of St. Paul's Eastern Heights Elementary School. Armed with a leather-bound IPad on one hip and a walkie-talkie on the other, Chan huddled with teams of teachers here, monitored classroom instruction there, showed off new technology (teaching computer coding to first-graders!) and t... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A joint hearing of the House Education Policy and Education Finance committees recently generated more than two hours of passionate testimony around an unusually broad and aspirational topic: “The World’s Best Workforce.” In contrast to the sharply divided pro-and-con on Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax overhaul a few days later, on this subject there was overwhelming consensus that the goal w... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Legendary playwright and poet Oscar Wilde famously scoffed at cynics who seemed to know “the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” And that critique might apply to those who focus too much on the net revenue increases in Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax-and-budget plan unveiled this week, and not enough on the enormous value of the public investments for which those taxes pay. Long-term a... Read More
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
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