ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Dayton’s “Plan A” for a 21st-century tax overhaul was ambitious and rather breathtaking. And that rushing wind we’ve been hearing for two weeks is actually a long, relieved, collective exhale. Just about everybody’s breathing easier since he announced a reset of his tax-and-budget proposal. Although Dayton has revamped his plan to alleviate chronic revenue shortages and t... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When we see an assemblage of rich, white, middle-aged alpha males in expensive suits making a political statement, we can’t just assume that their demands will be beneficial immediately or long-term for the rest of the people in the nation. So it was a happy surprise last week to see just such a group of our nation’s wealthy CEOs open the trading on the New York Stock Exchange with a bold new &... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A few weeks ago I stood before the New Port Richey (Florida) City Council and asked the members not to further cut a library budget that had already been eviscerated. I held up an ancient book — “The Library Book” — which I wrote in 1984 to mark the centennial of the Minneapolis Public Library. In my research, I told the council members, I’d learned that a library is an econom... 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
STAR TRIBUNE Gov. Tim Pawlenty has said the debate about raising taxes is over. On the contrary, it seems that at the Legislature it has never begun, and it should. And maybe, just maybe, it can be something besides a Republicans vs. Democrats debate. The board of my new think tank, Growth & Justice -- a mix of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats -- believes that the state's budget crisis imperils Minnesota's ability ... Read More
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