As State Budget Biennium Begins, Big Disappointments and a Few Bright Spots Overview of 2017 Legislature’s Impact, A Look Ahead Minnesota’s two-year budget period begins this month, amid a continuing dispute between the Governor and the Legislature over a handful of important tax and immigration provisions, and an impending court battle over the governor’s line-item veto of funding for the Legislature i... 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 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 During his first term in office, GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty pushed an initiative to reduce gasoline consumption and fossil fuel use, but unfortunately national political ambitions sidetracked this effort during his second term. Now that DFLer Mark Dayton is in office, we’re hoping he will put concerns about climate change and a cleaner economy back on the front burner. While the political climate around ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT A review of Minnesota history and election results shows wisdom of ‘doubling down’ on bipartisanship Let’s give thanks that despite the bitter conflicts since the beginning of our nation and state, our eternally feuding political ideologies and parties have patched over seemingly irreconcilable differences to achieve some amazing consensus. Among these feats: • The Civil Rights A... Read More
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