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
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
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