ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota must forge ahead with its own system for universal coverage; a single payer might make sense As pundits try to explain the “99 percent” movement, they typically identify driving factors such as student debt, high levels of unemployment, anger at Wall Street greed, and the glaring and growing economic inequality in the United States. But health care — namely the lack of it and ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When our unfailingly nice neighbors to the north were asked a few years ago in a national contest to choose the “Greatest Canadian’’ of all time, the inventor of the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell) and the sensational and beloved hockey player known as “The Great One” (Wayne Gretzky) finished far behind the top choice, Tommy Douglas. You likely ask, Tommy who? The story of... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Iconic Minnesota founder would not approve of disinvestments in higher education Almost 150 years ago, in the midst of economic hard times and a Civil War, a young business dynamo by the name of John S. Pillsbury was named a regent for the University of Minnesota and given the unofficial task by Gov. Henry Swift of saving it from premature death. The fledgling university was 12 years old, insolvent, and ... 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
Deadlock at the state Capitol Star Tribune Here's a state budget-balancing idea that's so crazy, as they say in the old movies, it just might work. We know this because a similar scheme worked like a charm just six years ago, when conservative Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty pushed it through to end a state government shutdown. Here's the deal: Rather than raising "taxes,'' we establish a maj... Read More
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