ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Watching a PBS documentary recently in which naturalized U.S. citizens describe exactly why they love their new country, I was struck by the number of people who praised not just freedom and the opportunity to get ahead and start a business, but by many others who marveled at the safety and security and the equal access provided by our innovative governments. One Latina woman, for instance, gushed over the... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Let’s seek long-term goals, and measurable outcomes, from gubernatorial candidates Minnesota news media and candidates alike this summer seem to be fixated, understandably, on the details of balancing a lollapalooza of a projected budget shortfall in 2011. But for our gubernatorial candidates in particular, emergency management should not be the only thing, or even the main thing. Leadership at thi... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Legislature and federal officials working to bring evidence into government redesign decisions Bush Foundation President Peter Hutchinson frequently has used the phrase “bowling in the fog” to describe the frustration of community leaders who are forced to make decisions without enough research and evidence. The imagery is amusing and brings to mind the more famous reference to “the f... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Bottom line: Not paying your bills is just plain wrong Until the court decision last week that found part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's massive budget unallotment gambit to be unconstitutional, I was strongly considering sending a letter like this to some of those annoying people who keep demanding that I pay my bills - one in particular. Dear Cell Phone Service Provider: I know that I agreed to certain... Read More
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