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 CAPITAL REPORT The usual debate has broken out over whether it’s an investment in short-term job creation and long-term economic health, or profligate use of a “credit card.” One of the outstanding things I noticed about Minnesota on arriving here in the early 1970s, right up there with the refreshing coolness of the summer mornings, was the high quality of the state’s physical public infrastructu... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITIOL REPORT ‘Common Cents’ citizen meetings on budget will bring common sense to long-term solutions The technology engineer at the table was well-informed, and opinionated, but also reasonable. Although generally skeptical of government and taxes, he cheerfully gave ground to others when he clearly was off-base, such as his assertion that taxes had never gone down in his lifetime (state and national in... Read More
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