ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT State should establish end-of-decade goal of 75 percent higher-education attainment In the classic 1981 comedy “Stripes,” the Bill Murray character tells his rowdy pals from Chicago not to worry about credentials as they prepared to enter a Soviet-bloc country, mistakenly promising them that it would be just like “going into Wisconsin.” Crossing the boundary from high school to hi... 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 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
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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