Budget Lessons from Arizona TC Daily Planet One great thing about having 50 different states trying to balance budgets is that Minnesota can learn from the mistakes of others. Arizona, for instance. A year ago, 64% of Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, a three-year, one-percent sales tax increase to fund education, which was to receive two-thirds of the proceeds; health care and public safety would split the other t... 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 CAPITOL REPORT An entertaining skit now on YouTube portrays your classic Minnesota church ladies slamming down the coffee and clucking around the table about their charitable efforts to help children and elderly folks in their congregation. And then the chatter turns a little dark, toward a grave realization that their charity won’t be nearly enough for the compelling needs of the larger community to fix potholes, ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Lots of affluent citizens know they have prospered from our public-private system, and they are willing to pay a fairer share for public investments Not long ago, in a richly appointed corporate office with a spectacular view of the Twin Cities, a leading Minnesota businessman confided to me that the redistribution of wealth and income toward the top was becoming so unfair that he actually had begun to wor... 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
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