STAR TRIBUNE No word has been more effective than “competitiveness” in advancing a business agenda with a rather narrow focus over the last 30 years. Since the early 1980s, in Minnesota and across America, we’ve been told that — for the sake of international competitiveness — jobs had to be outsourced, wages and pensions and health care benefits downsized, and environmental and financial regulations reduced. In... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota’s distinctiveness as a home to innovation and invention is a favorite theme for those in the business of marketing our state to potential employers and investors. Post-It notes, snowmobiles, indoor shopping malls, water-skiing, the Pacemaker and other momentous advances in technology are among our best known material inventions. Perhaps less famous but more impactful have been innovations... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Opposition by many whites to civil rights for blacks, in the South and elsewhere, was based not just on visceral racial bigotry, but on a fundamental misunderstanding of economics and sociology. In the view of many white farmers and workers, especially those on the lower rungs of society, if you gave your socioeconomic inferiors more opportunity to compete with you, or allowed them the education and resour... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT 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 increase... Read More
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
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