ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Mark Dayton in his session-opening speech to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce wryly noted broad agreement on two points: “First, that we need to invest more money in transportation; and second, that no one wants to pay for it.” That second point has to change, in a big way, if legislators are sincere about improving the economic health of Greater Minnesota and helping all of our state sha... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The gavels fell and inaugural festivities played out this week against a distinctly different and practical resolve to find common ground and to fix what divides us, to compromise and find solutions that equalize opportunities and outcomes in Minnesota. This is unusual and significant because we are back to divided state government again, after a two-year spell of DFL monopoly that only briefly interrupted... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Just four days after an election routinely interpreted as disapproval of President Barack Obama and his policies, national headlines blared yet another report of robust job growth, and by at least one measure, the best in 20 years. The Associated Press reported that job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency not seen in almost two decades. While voters indicated their discontent wit... Read More
(This is an open letter of congratulations and encouragement for all winners of elections in Minnesota on Nov. 4. It is informed by an analysis of broad public will, not just the likely 60 percent of eligible voters who will cast ballots on Tuesday.) Dear Winners: Congratulations on your undoubtedly well-deserved election, or re-election. Savor for a while this affirmation of esteem your community holds for you. You are by definition a leader... Read More
Don Fraser (left) served as a legislator, a congressman, and mayor of Minneapolis. Al Quie (right) served as a legislator, a congressman, and governor of Minnesota. ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT On the floor of the Minnesota State Senate almost 60 years ago, Al Quie, the conservative son of a farmer from southeastern Minnesota, walked over to introduce himself to Don Fraser, the liberal son of a University of Minnesota ... Read More
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