Happy 10th anniversary, tax cuts! But where's the fruit? TC Daily Planet Watch for some ironic hoopla this week on the 10th anniversary (June 7) of President' Bush's tax cuts, the largest federal income tax rate reductions in modern history, and which were preceded in Minnesota by similarly historic cuts in the state's income taxes. The main "celebrants" are progressive policy groups who are critical... Read More
Budget Lessons from Arizona TC Daily Planet One great thing about having 50 different states trying to balance budgets is that Minnesota can learn from the mistakes of others. Arizona, for instance. A year ago, 64% of Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, a three-year, one-percent sales tax increase to fund education, which was to receive two-thirds of the proceeds; health care and public safety would split the other t... Read More
Deadlock at the state Capitol Star Tribune Here's a state budget-balancing idea that's so crazy, as they say in the old movies, it just might work. We know this because a similar scheme worked like a charm just six years ago, when conservative Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty pushed it through to end a state government shutdown. Here's the deal: Rather than raising "taxes,'' we establish a maj... Read More
Hubert Humphrey, whose life will be celebrated May 27, brought millions out of the shadows and into the sunshine of human rights MinnPost.com | By: Dane Smith May 16, 2011 A fair amount of thoughtful reminiscing has already occurred this year on the centennial of Hubert H. Humphrey's birth. And in today's toxic and polarized climate, the remembering has tended to emphasize that Humphrey was respected and even loved... Read More
Smart public investments can help all Minnesotans Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation | By: Dane Smith March 31, 2011 Among many strong arguments for reducing economic and racial inequality and aspiring toward a more inclusive prosperity in Minnesota, few are as compelling as the longevity differences attributed to social determinants of health" and documented in the report "The Unequal Distribution of Heal... Read More
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