BRAINERD DISPATCH The U.S. health care system is broken and the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA- Obamacare) does little to fix it. It was a significant political victory but only a small health care victory. Driven by rising health policy premiums, Minnesota residents now rank second in the country in selection of high deductible health care policies (up to $30,000) in attempts to keep annual premiums affordable. The dominant employer-based hea... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Dayton’s “Plan A” for a 21st-century tax overhaul was ambitious and rather breathtaking. And that rushing wind we’ve been hearing for two weeks is actually a long, relieved, collective exhale. Just about everybody’s breathing easier since he announced a reset of his tax-and-budget proposal. Although Dayton has revamped his plan to alleviate chronic revenue shortages and t... 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
STAR TRIBUNE Chuck Chalberg's take on a century of American progressivism The arc of progress," July 8), beginning under Republican President Teddy Roosevelt's leadership of a Progressive Party in 1912, was stimulating. And Chalberg is to be commended for retrieving from Chesterton and Belloc the term "distributism'' to describe a wider distribution of property and income as a middle way between laissez-faire capitalism and so... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As a St. Paul City Hall newspaper reporter in the early 1980s, I chronicled a stiff resistance by a virtually all-white and all-male fire department against reforms that would allow women and more non-white applicants to have some of those jobs. Like most mainstream journalists, I tried to give equal space and fair coverage to both sides, on that issue and others. My editors and I strived always to provide... Read More
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