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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When our unfailingly nice neighbors to the north were asked a few years ago in a national contest to choose the “Greatest Canadian’’ of all time, the inventor of the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell) and the sensational and beloved hockey player known as “The Great One” (Wayne Gretzky) finished far behind the top choice, Tommy Douglas. You likely ask, Tommy who? The story of... Read More
On taxes, let's recognize business arguments for what they are TC Daily Planet For years, Growth & Justice has been looking for and failing to find strong evidence that Minnesota is losing jobs, wealthy residents and businesses due to corporate and personal income tax rates. Just last month, the Council on State Taxation, an association made up largely of corporate tax attorneys, released a study [PDF] by Ernst an... Read More
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
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