ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT In explaining his evolution from protester to pragmatist, Van Jones describes in his book “Rebuild the Dream” a heart-to-heart talk in his early 30s with his more conservative father, a junior high school principal who had been an Air Force MP. “You are just blaming the system, fighting the system — but you are creating no opportunities for that individual kid who wants to excel,&r... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT “Equity in Sight” was the theme of a recent conference that attracted several hundred Twin Citizens who are working to reduce our worrisome racial disparities in unemployment and education. Signs of progress and optimism were in abundance, but it got me thinking about how much tougher this whole mission might have seemed if just two letters were added to the first word of the theme, making it &... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Ford Motor Company advertised its cars years ago with a theme that the company was focused on “Job One,” which was something about “quality.” I remember an ambush interview back then of the Ford CEO by guerrilla documentarian Michael Moore, who cheekily asked, “What’s job two?” Good question, actually, and as Gov. Dayton and policymakers sort through priorities in ... Read More
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
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