ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT If you’re a sparsely populated rural state with little going on in your economy besides farming or fossil fuel extraction, and you also have low taxes or no income taxes, then putting a top priority on higher education completion might not make a huge difference to your economic health and state budget. But if you’re a state with a large metropolitan area harboring lots of professional, high-te... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE Chuck Chalberg's take on a century of American progressivism The arc of progress," July 8), beginning under Republican President Teddy Roosevelt's leadership of a Progressive Party in 1912, was stimulating. And Chalberg is to be commended for retrieving from Chesterton and Belloc the term "distributism'' to describe a wider distribution of property and income as a middle way between laissez-faire capitalism and so... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Watching the takeover of the once diverse and progressive Minnesota Republican Party by libertarian Ron Paul zealots reminds me of the war stories about our state’s politics in the 1940s. That’s when communists and extreme leftists in the fledgling Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party were on the rise but were chased out by DFL founders such as Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey. Under the national ... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE The new bogeyman in our national policy debate is "entitlement.'' Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and a well-orchestrated antigovernment chorus is framing a stark alternative for voters in November -- a choice between a glorious "opportunity society'' ruled by business or a ruinous "entitlement society'' run by government. Democrats tend not to ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Regardless of how much damage the U.S. Supreme Court does to the federal Affordable Care Act, Minnesota as far as we can see in the future will continue to be squeezed by unsustainable health care inflation, uninsured and underinsured families, and growing inequality in health care access and outcomes based on race and income. We simply must find a better way, and chart our own state’s path to improv... Read More
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