ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A joint hearing of the House Education Policy and Education Finance committees recently generated more than two hours of passionate testimony around an unusually broad and aspirational topic: “The World’s Best Workforce.” In contrast to the sharply divided pro-and-con on Gov. Mark Dayton’s tax overhaul a few days later, on this subject there was overwhelming consensus that the goal w... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A history lesson about the possibilities of productive legislative achievement — drawing from the landmark session of 1973 under brand new DFL legislative majorities and a DFL governor at mid-term — was offered in an article by veteran St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Bill Salisbury this week. That 1973 session, Salisbury wrote, ”provided consumer and environmental protections, boosted wom... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A well-publicized report from the Economic Policy Institute last week revealed the Twin Cities once again with the largest disparity in the nation between whites and blacks in unemployment rates. A few redeeming background facts got lost in the media coverage. The Twin Cities does not have the worst black unemployment rate. Five metro regions rank higher: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Miami... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the most unforgettable economic policy statements I ever heard came from a presidential candidate in the early 1990s who explained that we had lots of people who needed work, and lots of work that needed to be done, and that we ought to get those two problems on the same page. And so it is with the “skills gap” and the “equity gap” in Minnesota. On one hand, we have Minneso... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT I’ve grown accustomed to, and a little weary of, the woeful tales of abuse that our sainted job creators must endure from nefarious government regulators. A recent case in point was an op-ed from two legislators last month who likened job creators to an exhausted Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ("Let’s give our job creators the help they need", Star Tribune, Dec. 13). Seems all w... Read More
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