ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT More than 80 percent of rural Minnesotans say the quality of life in their community has declined or stayed the same in recent years, and only 15 percent think it’s gotten better. The top rural concern by far is the shortage of good jobs, while a lack of educational opportunities and health care are also significant and rising worries. Despite it all, a plucky optimism-for which Lake Wobegon and Ma... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Middle-income families could benefit from early-childhood help and other kinds of ‘nannying’ Who’s afraid of nannies? Not me. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t help but love Julie Andrews in both of her nanny roles, as the high-flying Mary Poppins and the exuberant governess of the wealthy Von Trapp family in “The Sound of Music.” Or maybe it’s because my ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT This conservative’s thoughts on taxes for 2010 and beyond are sensible For God’s sake (or at least for St. Peter’s sake), could just a few good legislators in those anti-tax straitjackets please listen to and heed former Gov. Al Quie, a Christian conservative of uncommon common sense and compassion? If this happened, and if Quie’s sage advice were followed-and if a few profiles i... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s ambitious goal makes business sense - but program falling short, rejuvenation still needed In New York, there’s a stretch of 8th Avenue north of 42nd Street once known as “the Minnesota Strip,” because that’s where, in the 1980s, young Midwestern women were imported to work as prostitutes. Today, in a building just a half block off that strip of 8th Avenue near... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Slashing ‘gummint’ by one-fifth puts us down by Oklahoma on investment for common good Right after high school I lived for about six months in low-tax Oklahoma, where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet, and the wind actually does come sweeping down the plain. I have memories of warm and friendly people, deep red dirt, and a fiercely proud country-and-western culture. But now (as then)&md... Read More
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