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
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
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