ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A few weeks ago I stood before the New Port Richey (Florida) City Council and asked the members not to further cut a library budget that had already been eviscerated. I held up an ancient book — “The Library Book” — which I wrote in 1984 to mark the centennial of the Minneapolis Public Library. In my research, I told the council members, I’d learned that a library is an econom... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Watching the takeover of the once diverse and progressive Minnesota Republican Party by libertarian Ron Paul zealots reminds me of the war stories about our state’s politics in the 1940s. That’s when communists and extreme leftists in the fledgling Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party were on the rise but were chased out by DFL founders such as Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey. Under the national ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Expectations were extremely low for the 2012 Minnesota Legislature. Yet here and there in the cloud’s lining are more than a few silver strands, representing investment in human and physical capital, and advancement of public good. To wit: Bipartisan agreement was reached on legislation that expands career and technical post-secondary options for 10th-graders, giving them an earlier start on the pa... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When Gov. Mark Dayton took his 12-city jobs tour down to the scenic Mississippi valley in Winona last week, the local newspaper quoted the owner of Ed’s No Name Bar voicing his biggest concern. And it wasn’t too much state government, taxes or regulation. “It’s hard to find affordable [health insurance] plans for individuals,” Ed Hoffman said in the Winona Daily News article... Read More
Economics, the Garden of Eden, and resisting the no-new-taxes snake oil MINNPOST OLIVIA, Minn. — The first chapter of Genesis describes a time before economics. Economics is all about allocating scarce resources to achieve the greatest benefit. The Garden of Eden was all about abundance. Nothing was scarce. Everything needed for a life of happiness was there for the taking. There was no need to go to work. There was no need to make a... Read More
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