Deadlock at the state Capitol Star Tribune Here's a state budget-balancing idea that's so crazy, as they say in the old movies, it just might work. We know this because a similar scheme worked like a charm just six years ago, when conservative Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty pushed it through to end a state government shutdown. Here's the deal: Rather than raising "taxes,'' we establish a maj... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITAL REPORT The usual debate has broken out over whether it’s an investment in short-term job creation and long-term economic health, or profligate use of a “credit card.” One of the outstanding things I noticed about Minnesota on arriving here in the early 1970s, right up there with the refreshing coolness of the summer mornings, was the high quality of the state’s physical public infrastructu... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The New Year is often represented as a happy, confident infant, and most of us want what’s best for all our babies. So even if you are not the parent of a baby or a toddler, you really ought to check out the “Parent Aware” website (www.parentawareratings.org). There you will catch a glimpse of an emerging infrastructure for one of the most important and potentially lucrative investments w... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Republican Charlie Weaver is one of the most respected voices of corporate Minnesota. And his friendly welcome to Democratic Gov.-elect Mark Dayton in an op-ed last week sent an important signal that Democrats concerned about economic justice and Republicans focused on economic growth must work together for a broader prosperity. The most important area of likely common ground that Weaver outlined in his St... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A review of Minnesota history and election results shows wisdom of ‘doubling down’ on bipartisanship Let’s give thanks that despite the bitter conflicts since the beginning of our nation and state, our eternally feuding political ideologies and parties have patched over seemingly irreconcilable differences to achieve some amazing consensus. Among these feats: • The Civil Rights A... Read More
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