ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT At the commencement ceremony last week for some 1,200 proud young scientists and engineers graduating from the University of Minnesota, several speakers reminded us that from these ranks in previous years came the job-producing creativity that helped nurture Medtronic, Cray Research, 3M, and Cargill, as well as life-enhancing innovations in agriculture, medicine and technology. Over the same weekend, as ou... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT It got scant news coverage, but a presentation last week by a national affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — which was in perfect sync that day with one of the nation’s leading voices for boosting college completion and postsecondary training and education — may have far-reaching consequences in Minnesota. More than a hundred attendees at a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce conference o... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT If you’re a sparsely populated rural state with little going on in your economy besides farming or fossil fuel extraction, and you also have low taxes or no income taxes, then putting a top priority on higher education completion might not make a huge difference to your economic health and state budget. But if you’re a state with a large metropolitan area harboring lots of professional, high-te... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The recent travails of the Minnesota Twins amount to an object lesson for state policymakers on the crucial importance of investing in our own homegrown potential, specifically when it comes to the young talent pool that will determine how economically competitive we are moving forward. There’s consensus now that our beloved Twins somehow lost track of their successful do-it-yourself formula. Our you... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT In an already hyper-politicized legislative session marked by exceedingly low expectations, lawmakers in 2012 could make a few specific, constructive improvements on both ends of the education pipeline to improve the odds for all our children and for our economy. Here are three such moves, which already have bipartisan support. These policies also are backed by experts in education effectiveness and by bus... Read More
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