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  • The Biomass Mess

    In 1994, the Minnesota legislature struck a deal that allowed Xcel Energy to store additional radioactive nuclear waste in above-ground storage casks located on Prairie Island in return for enacting a requirement that the energy company generate or buy a government-mandated percentage of biomass energy for their customers.  That compromise, forged between Republican Governor Arne Carlson and DFL legislative leaders Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe and Speaker Dee Long, put into place the Re...

  • State has the authority to override local overreach, and should

    Below is a commentary by Freedom Foundation CEO Annette Meeks published in the May 4, 2017 edition of the Star Tribune. With two weeks left in the 2017 legislative session, one of the most contentious issues being debated at the Capitol will likely provide a teachable moment for Minnesotans. What’s being debated is the notion of “local control” and whether the state should exercise its authority to “check” overreach in individual cities.Our country was founded ...

  • Crony Capitalism Update: How essential is essential air service?

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump sent his first budget proposal to Congress.  As you can imagine, there were some big differences between the Trump budget that lays out his spending priorities for the next fiscal year vs. some of the recent budgets sent to Congress from President Barack Obama. One of the biggest differences included Trump’s plan to eliminate the U.S.

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