ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Mark Dayton in his session-opening speech to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce wryly noted broad agreement on two points: “First, that we need to invest more money in transportation; and second, that no one wants to pay for it.” That second point has to change, in a big way, if legislators are sincere about improving the economic health of Greater Minnesota and helping all of our state sha... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT This is the first of two commentaries on rural transportation options. The hottest policy topics at the “One Minnesota 2015” conference, kicking off the new legislative session, were transportation needs and the demands of Minnesota’s aging baby boom population. And the political buzz was all about Greater Minnesota’s higher profile, due to the new Republican House majority’s r... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The Timberlake Lodge ballroom in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, was filled to capacity recently with a rare assemblage of adults and teenagers, all engaged in candid conversations about whether the local community was delivering what kids really need to succeed. This was a truly unusual and ambitious undertaking and a big step forward for a very promising new rural community collaboration aimed at improvin... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Educators in the rural southern Minnesota towns of St. Clair and Spring Valley are delivering extraordinary value to their high-schoolers, and low-income students in particular, by offering special academies that provide advanced science and technology coursework, early college credits, and a faster track to postsecondary completion and good local jobs. Each of the small school districts serving those comm... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Those of us on the road and vacationing in Minnesota this summer are seeing more “Help Wanted” and “Get Job Applications Here” signs than we’ve seen in many years. At midmorning this week, for instance, along West St. Germain Street just west of downtown St. Cloud, a man was actually wearing this happy problem. He was walking up and down the sidewalk outside a job-placement ce... Read More
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