ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Most Minnesotans are proud to live in a tolerant and educated and broadly prosperous state that ends up on the leading edge of most everything, from business and technological innovation to arts and culture vibrancy, civic health, and prosperity. We are thankful not to be among those backward societies where fundamentalist religious dogma gets codified in law, or where wealthy elites dictate who gets how m... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT I am among many white Americans, and a much smaller percentage of Minnesotans, with an actual slave-owning ancestor. I know of at least one, Welcome Williams Chandler and his wife, Sarah, who “founded” Brown County, deep in the heart of Texas, in the 1850s. He and his truculent Anglo-American Protestant horde displaced Native Americans and Mexican people, killed them when they resisted, and hel... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the most unforgettable economic policy statements I ever heard came from a presidential candidate in the early 1990s who explained that we had lots of people who needed work, and lots of work that needed to be done, and that we ought to get those two problems on the same page. And so it is with the “skills gap” and the “equity gap” in Minnesota. On one hand, we have Minneso... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Call it by any name you like -- “income disparity” or “economic inequality” or “widening gap” or “wealth divide” -- the point is the same: the rich are indeed getting richer and the poor are indeed getting poorer. The top 1 percent of us on the income ladder are benefitting from a growing and unprecedented share of income and wealth, while also enjoying histori... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Darrell Young is an earnest young man from North Minneapolis who’s determined to lead a mighty throng in a “March for Children and Youth” on Sunday October 10th at the state Capitol in St. Paul. Young is reverent and exceedingly polite, but there’s intensity in his voice when he describes a mission to bring thousands of Minnesotans to march on “10-10-10” and to make a st... Read More
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