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 In the lakes-and-woods landscape surrounding Grand Rapids in north central Minnesota, a wide array of community leaders have banded together with seven school districts in several counties to chart a comprehensive road map toward improved student success, beginning with stronger early childhood education and going all the way through to career preparation. In and around our farm-belt food-processing ... Read More
Optimism rising among rural Minnesota manufacturers, except when it comes to health care MinnPost.com I feel a strong kinship for rural Minnesota business owners, having enjoyed a corporate career that included managing a manufacturing firm in Olivia, the Corn Capital. I'd like to think I can feel their pain. And the pain that I felt at a recent southern Minnesota economic conference was mostly centered around health-care bills... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITAL REPORT The usual debate has broken out over whether it’s an investment in short-term job creation and long-term economic health, or profligate use of a “credit card.” One of the outstanding things I noticed about Minnesota on arriving here in the early 1970s, right up there with the refreshing coolness of the summer mornings, was the high quality of the state’s physical public infrastructu... 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
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