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
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
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A new report (by rich people!) finds that the wealthy are earning much more and paying much less in taxes As the rhetorical wars on tax policy escalate, let’s allow right up front two important points about rich people and their taxes. First, most wealthy and successful people in Minnesota and the United States can be celebrated. They should not be blamed, individually or as a class, for growing ec... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT ‘Get out of our way,’ ‘Leave us alone,’ ‘Burning the boats,’ ‘Slashing the beast’-Gov. Pawlenty has always liked sounding fierce All this slashing and burning and budget-cutting talk at the Capitol evokes the vivid imagery that brand new Gov. Tim Pawlenty employed exactly seven years ago, in announcing that he was leading Minnesota on a new and swashbuckling... Read More
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