ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A joint hearing of the House Education Policy and Education Finance committees recently generated more than two hours of passionate testimony around an unusually broad and aspirational topic: “The World’s Best Workforce.” In contrast to the sharply divided pro-and-con on Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax overhaul a few days later, on this subject there was overwhelming consensus that the goal w... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT That fine Minnesota tradition of everybody pitching in to help those in need or to ward off threats to the community — think of the barn-raising after a fire, or all hands showing up to fill sandbags during spring flooding — is resurgent in the Twin Cities these days. The threat at hand, which also is a tremendous opportunity, is more subtle and much more dangerous long-term than fire or flood.... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s best hope for reducing disparities and achieving broad improvement in educational results was on display last week at a packed ballroom at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Some 300 of the “Granite City’s” most involved citizens, from CEOs to principals to parents to social workers to new immigrant leaders, turned out to applaud the unveiling of St. Clo... Read More
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
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