ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT This month the Duluth News Tribune published an editorial-page spread with pro-and-con on a most delightful post-election trend: Elected officials are reneging on the no-new-taxes pledge foisted on them for more than 20 years by anti-government taxophobe Grover Norquist, powerful president of Americans for Tax Reform. (“Deform” would be more accurate.) A key element in the op-ed layout was an e... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT We may just be reaching a consensus on what most Minnesotans and most Americans really believe about taxes and the size and role of their governments in an increasingly diverse state and nation. First, amid all the exultation over a “New America,” let’s just make it clear that conservatism’s death has been greatly exaggerated. That durable philosophy is very much alive, if not all t... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When we see an assemblage of rich, white, middle-aged alpha males in expensive suits making a political statement, we can’t just assume that their demands will be beneficial immediately or long-term for the rest of the people in the nation. So it was a happy surprise last week to see just such a group of our nation’s wealthy CEOs open the trading on the New York Stock Exchange with a bold new &... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A few weeks ago I stood before the New Port Richey (Florida) City Council and asked the members not to further cut a library budget that had already been eviscerated. I held up an ancient book — “The Library Book” — which I wrote in 1984 to mark the centennial of the Minneapolis Public Library. In my research, I told the council members, I’d learned that a library is an econom... Read More
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
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