ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Mark Dayton in his session-opening speech to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce wryly noted broad agreement on two points: “First, that we need to invest more money in transportation; and second, that no one wants to pay for it.” That second point has to change, in a big way, if legislators are sincere about improving the economic health of Greater Minnesota and helping all of our state sha... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT This is the first of two commentaries on rural transportation options. The hottest policy topics at the “One Minnesota 2015” conference, kicking off the new legislative session, were transportation needs and the demands of Minnesota’s aging baby boom population. And the political buzz was all about Greater Minnesota’s higher profile, due to the new Republican House majority’s r... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A public demand for improving and expanding transportation and transit systems is rising faster than any other concern, according to the latest national survey on policy priorities by the Pew Research Center. And judging from the sheer number and variety of groups joining the MoveMN coalition — which is supporting a package of revenue increases to provide about $700 million more annually for transpor... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As the lyrics of that immortal theme song from “Casablanca” remind us, “The fundamental things apply.” And here are some fundamental things when it comes to transportation policy: Strong taxpayer investment in transportation for Minnesota remains a vital condition for both business growth and economic justice. We need improvements to keep freight moving. Low- and middle-income folks... 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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