ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITIOL REPORT ‘Common Cents’ citizen meetings on budget will bring common sense to long-term solutions The technology engineer at the table was well-informed, and opinionated, but also reasonable. Although generally skeptical of government and taxes, he cheerfully gave ground to others when he clearly was off-base, such as his assertion that taxes had never gone down in his lifetime (state and national in... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT More than 80 percent of rural Minnesotans say the quality of life in their community has declined or stayed the same in recent years, and only 15 percent think it’s gotten better. The top rural concern by far is the shortage of good jobs, while a lack of educational opportunities and health care are also significant and rising worries. Despite it all, a plucky optimism-for which Lake Wobegon and Ma... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT State should establish end-of-decade goal of 75 percent higher-education attainment In the classic 1981 comedy “Stripes,” the Bill Murray character tells his rowdy pals from Chicago not to worry about credentials as they prepared to enter a Soviet-bloc country, mistakenly promising them that it would be just like “going into Wisconsin.” Crossing the boundary from high school to hi... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Let’s seek long-term goals, and measurable outcomes, from gubernatorial candidates Minnesota news media and candidates alike this summer seem to be fixated, understandably, on the details of balancing a lollapalooza of a projected budget shortfall in 2011. But for our gubernatorial candidates in particular, emergency management should not be the only thing, or even the main thing. Leadership at thi... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Yes, that means raising revenue—i.e., taxes, because the facts matter We’ve all heard people say, in jest, that their minds are made up and that they don’t want to be confused with the facts. But we should demand at least a little more open-mindedness and evidence-based decision-making from our elected legislators, especially in times of crisis. And that’s exactly what we hav... Read More
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