ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT During my five minutes in the spotlight at a jam-packed breakout panel during the governor’s Job Summit last week, I got a little carried away in urging Gov. Mark Dayton to pull out all the stops in securing our reputation, once and for all, as the Brainpower State. The governor, I suggested, ought to mobilize a huge movement to set a specific, end-of-decade goal for higher education attainment... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When Gov. Mark Dayton took his 12-city jobs tour down to the scenic Mississippi valley in Winona last week, the local newspaper quoted the owner of Ed’s No Name Bar voicing his biggest concern. And it wasn’t too much state government, taxes or regulation. “It’s hard to find affordable [health insurance] plans for individuals,” Ed Hoffman said in the Winona Daily News article... Read More
Let’s focus on a big payoff from improving achievement among Minnesota’s students of color St. Paul Pioneer Press Now that our divisive state government shutdown is over, Minnesota’s political leaders, and all of us really, need to re-read an inspiring Pioneer Press editorial that ran the day after Christmas, just before the session began. That editorial urged Republican and DFL leaders to unite behind a theme of "educ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota for decades has been handing over precious and limited economic development dollars to individual companies as tax incentives, government-funded loans and other public-sector subsidies, and our state is not alone. All states, to varying degrees, engage in this highly dubious strategy to lure or retain businesses and please fast-talking promoters who promise glitzy projects, new construction ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Start with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent visit to Minnesota and his frequent and urgent plea for Americans in all states to set a goal of regaining our top international ranking in higher education attainment by the year 2020. Add to that the post-Tucson resolve in many quarters of our state and nation to start collaborating and finding common ground to solve problems, and to build br... Read More
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