ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT ‘Get out of our way,’ ‘Leave us alone,’ ‘Burning the boats,’ ‘Slashing the beast’-Gov. Pawlenty has always liked sounding fierce All this slashing and burning and budget-cutting talk at the Capitol evokes the vivid imagery that brand new Gov. Tim Pawlenty employed exactly seven years ago, in announcing that he was leading Minnesota on a new and swashbuckling... Read More
ST. PAUL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT This conservative’s thoughts on taxes for 2010 and beyond are sensible For God’s sake (or at least for St. Peter’s sake), could just a few good legislators in those anti-tax straitjackets please listen to and heed former Gov. Al Quie, a Christian conservative of uncommon common sense and compassion? If this happened, and if Quie’s sage advice were followed-and if a few profiles i... 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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Bottom line: Not paying your bills is just plain wrong Until the court decision last week that found part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's massive budget unallotment gambit to be unconstitutional, I was strongly considering sending a letter like this to some of those annoying people who keep demanding that I pay my bills - one in particular. Dear Cell Phone Service Provider: I know that I agreed to certain... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Slashing ‘gummint’ by one-fifth puts us down by Oklahoma on investment for common good Right after high school I lived for about six months in low-tax Oklahoma, where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet, and the wind actually does come sweeping down the plain. I have memories of warm and friendly people, deep red dirt, and a fiercely proud country-and-western culture. But now (as then)&md... Read More
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