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 Yes, that means raising revenue—i.e., taxes, because the facts matter We’ve all heard people say, in jest, that their minds are made up and that they don’t want to be confused with the facts. But we should demand at least a little more open-mindedness and evidence-based decision-making from our elected legislators, especially in times of crisis. And that’s exactly what we hav... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A new report (by rich people!) finds that the wealthy are earning much more and paying much less in taxes As the rhetorical wars on tax policy escalate, let’s allow right up front two important points about rich people and their taxes. First, most wealthy and successful people in Minnesota and the United States can be celebrated. They should not be blamed, individually or as a class, for growing ec... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Legislature and federal officials working to bring evidence into government redesign decisions Bush Foundation President Peter Hutchinson frequently has used the phrase “bowling in the fog” to describe the frustration of community leaders who are forced to make decisions without enough research and evidence. The imagery is amusing and brings to mind the more famous reference to “the f... Read More
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
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