Schools brace for devastating budget cutsBy John Fitzgerald , Minnesota 2020 Minnesota schools continue to be financially crushed well beyond the current economic crisis. After years of state neglect, schools are shedding teachers and programs at an alarming rate. Consider these planned cuts for the 2009-10 school year: These cuts come as no surprise. The state has been cutting back on education investment for years, leaving overburde... Read More
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Wayne Cox: Why taxing top incomes is not folly President Obama's promise to lower taxes on middle-income working families has become law. This week the president fulfilled a second campaign promise by proposing to let the Bush tax cuts for those with income above $250,000 a year expire as scheduled in 2010. Should Minnesota follow Obama's example and withdraw its decadelong state income tax cuts for high-income households? The public certai... Read More
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Kitchen table priorities and the state budget Kitchen Table Priorities and the State Budget Governor Pawlenty frequently compares the state budget process to a family sitting around the kitchen table, working on their household budget. Pawlenty says that in difficult financial times like these, families make tough budget cuts and Minnesota needs to do the same.The kitchen table metaphor is a good one to use, but the Governor's pr... Read More
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