ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A heated exchange about causes and possible responses to widening economic inequality broke out recently among some of the Minnesota Legislature’s more senior leaders in a meeting of the House-Senate Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy. The clash pitted Senate Minority Leader David Hann and state Rep. Greg Davids, who essentially argued that inequality trends were normal or unimporta... Read More
As sure as a cold front follows a December snowfall, the end-of-year economic forecast and the state budget projections bring on the howls that Minnesota government is too big and taxes have to be cut. The latest forecast shows a $1 billion variance to the positive, and evidence abounds that Minnesota’s economy is performing well above national averages, despite predictions that the 2013 tax increases would be bad for business and slow ou... Read More
The director of the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP), Carlos Mariani Rosa (also known as state Rep. Carlos Mariani), frequently travels the length and breadth of our state to make a compelling case for closing our state’s racial opportunity gaps in education. The MMEP narrative is based on the obvious facts of fundamental socio-economic unfairness and systemic disadvantage for minority communities, with resulting gaps in te... Read More
Former Vice President Dick Cheney once said that with just a 1-in-100 chance that Pakistan was helping al-Qaeda to develop nuclear weapons, we must treat it as a certainty in terms of our response. Yet, with a 95-in-100 likelihood that humans are triggering a warmer climate — the recent conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — a political atmosphere of “uncertainty” about the need for action has bred... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Not far from the site of a recent gang attack by a few young people on the East Side of St. Paul, a powerfully uplifting event last week brought focus to trends that are far more significant and representative of our capital city’s youth. Dozens of smiling high schoolers dressed in sharp uniforms lined up outside of Washington Technology Magnet School to greet hundreds of school district tutors, pare... Read More
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