Smart public investments can help all Minnesotans Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation | By: Dane Smith March 31, 2011 Among many strong arguments for reducing economic and racial inequality and aspiring toward a more inclusive prosperity in Minnesota, few are as compelling as the longevity differences attributed to social determinants of health" and documented in the report "The Unequal Distribution of Heal... Read More
Fairer taxes must be part of solution Winona Daily News Versions of this op-ed also appeared in The Star Tribune, The Bemidji Pioneer, The Recorder-Spokesman, and The Mankato Free Press. As Minnesotans brace for all the human pain and suffering caused by one of the more serious private-sector failures in memory, it makes no sense whatsoever to knock the stuffing out of our public sector as well. It’s our public institutions and in... 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
STAR TRIBUNE Political success in Minnesota has often hinged on an ability to simultaneously promote two goals, economic growth and economic justice. Voters tend to be leery of an overemphasis on one or the other, but generally reward candidates (the last three governors offer cases in point) who appear to strike a balance between the two. Finding that balance is not easy in fast-changing Minnesota -- but help is on the way. A new think tank, ... Read More
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