ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT This is the first of two commentaries on rural transportation options. The hottest policy topics at the “One Minnesota 2015” conference, kicking off the new legislative session, were transportation needs and the demands of Minnesota’s aging baby boom population. And the political buzz was all about Greater Minnesota’s higher profile, due to the new Republican House majority’s r... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The term “alignment” has long been the dominant buzzword in workforce policy circles. And the bar graphs on the most recent report by the National Skills Coalition provide a useful if simplistic big picture view of the mismatch between jobs and workforce readiness in Minnesota and the United States. The bars show that Minnesota currently has a slightly larger percentage of people with four-year... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A public demand for improving and expanding transportation and transit systems is rising faster than any other concern, according to the latest national survey on policy priorities by the Pew Research Center. And judging from the sheer number and variety of groups joining the MoveMN coalition — which is supporting a package of revenue increases to provide about $700 million more annually for transpor... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As the lyrics of that immortal theme song from “Casablanca” remind us, “The fundamental things apply.” And here are some fundamental things when it comes to transportation policy: Strong taxpayer investment in transportation for Minnesota remains a vital condition for both business growth and economic justice. We need improvements to keep freight moving. Low- and middle-income folks... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT During his first term in office, GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty pushed an initiative to reduce gasoline consumption and fossil fuel use, but unfortunately national political ambitions sidetracked this effort during his second term. Now that DFLer Mark Dayton is in office, we’re hoping he will put concerns about climate change and a cleaner economy back on the front burner. While the political climate around ... Read More
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