ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The dear hearts and gentle people of our own small towns in Chisago County were in the national spotlight recently, targets of a New York Times Sunday blockbuster (Feb. 12) headlined, “Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It.” The article, complete with an interactive map showing “The Geography of Government Benefits,” displayed the percentage of income from entitlement... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the most lucid economists on the Minnesota scene is St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Ed Lotterman, a voice of reason and balance who values both free markets and our democratic governments. In a recent masterpiece of a column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Lotterman gently deflates fellow PP columnist and government basher Joe Soucheray, explaining in the manner of a patient civics instructor how al... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT During my five minutes in the spotlight at a jam-packed breakout panel during the governor’s Job Summit last week, I got a little carried away in urging Gov. Mark Dayton to pull out all the stops in securing our reputation, once and for all, as the Brainpower State. The governor, I suggested, ought to mobilize a huge movement to set a specific, end-of-decade goal for higher education attainment... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Deep respect for the wisdom of the past is one of the great appeals of the American conservative movement, and this reverence is implicit in the very label “conservatism.” This came to mind recently as I was debating the national leader of the Ayn (pronounced “ine,” as in “mine”) Rand Institute on the subject of whether government regulation is morally defensible (I took... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When Gov. Mark Dayton took his 12-city jobs tour down to the scenic Mississippi valley in Winona last week, the local newspaper quoted the owner of Ed’s No Name Bar voicing his biggest concern. And it wasn’t too much state government, taxes or regulation. “It’s hard to find affordable [health insurance] plans for individuals,” Ed Hoffman said in the Winona Daily News article... Read More
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