ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Those of us on the road and vacationing in Minnesota this summer are seeing more “Help Wanted” and “Get Job Applications Here” signs than we’ve seen in many years. At midmorning this week, for instance, along West St. Germain Street just west of downtown St. Cloud, a man was actually wearing this happy problem. He was walking up and down the sidewalk outside a job-placement ce... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As a St. Paul City Hall newspaper reporter in the early 1980s, I chronicled a stiff resistance by a virtually all-white and all-male fire department against reforms that would allow women and more non-white applicants to have some of those jobs. Like most mainstream journalists, I tried to give equal space and fair coverage to both sides, on that issue and others. My editors and I strived always to provide... Read More
Happy 10th anniversary, tax cuts! But where's the fruit? TC Daily Planet Watch for some ironic hoopla this week on the 10th anniversary (June 7) of President' Bush's tax cuts, the largest federal income tax rate reductions in modern history, and which were preceded in Minnesota by similarly historic cuts in the state's income taxes. The main "celebrants" are progressive policy groups who are critical... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Trust in federal government is low—and bad news for the party in power—but historically normal. We should recover. Much ado was made recently over a new national survey, which widely was reported as evidence of a “new low” in the American public’s trust in the federal government. Even the most responsible news media, including National Public Radio, got a little breathless... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Legislature and federal officials working to bring evidence into government redesign decisions Bush Foundation President Peter Hutchinson frequently has used the phrase “bowling in the fog” to describe the frustration of community leaders who are forced to make decisions without enough research and evidence. The imagery is amusing and brings to mind the more famous reference to “the f... Read More
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