• How does the teachers union stifle reform?

    Did you know that the National Education Association, (NEA) the national teachers union organization, has $58 million dollars in their “Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises Fund?” Neither did I -- nor did I know that a portion of the dues forcibly collected from every Minnesota teacher goes into this hush, hush slush fund to fight education reform and innovation in the states. Two of the most egregious examples of how this fund is used to fight state initiatives happened recently in Georgia and Ore...

  • Why does the Left hate free speech?

    Here’s something you likely haven’t heard about but need to know: last month, the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Claude E. Walker, subpoenaed the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) of Washington, D.C.

  • It's time to pull the plug on electric-car subsidies

    Below is a commentary by Freedom Foundation of Minnesota CEO Annette Meeks published in the Sunday, April 10, 2016 Star Tribune. ------------------------------------------------------------------- It’s Time to Pull the Plug on Electric-Car Subsidies The federal government shouldn't be involved, and Minnesota shouldn't get started. Let buyers decide.

  • The State of Education Minnesota: What we're up against

    One of the most frequent questions we are asked at the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) is “where does Education Minnesota get all of their money and what do they use it for?” Every year, unions (public and private) are required to disclose their income and assets. Using that data, along with our on-going research about the union, we thought you’d be interested in learning the answer to that question and a few others. The data will also show you what education reformers are up against every...

  • NORTHSTAR: A failed experiment meets the entitlement generation

    A group of St. Cloud area activists are headed to the Capitol to lobby for additional taxpayer dollars to build an extension of the failed Northstar commuter rail line. Northstar currently operates five weekday trips (and three on weekends) from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis on 40 miles of leased railway.

  • 'Cause I'm the Taxman, Snowbirds

    Part time Minnesota residents were dealt a swift blow last week when the state Supreme Court handed down an opinion that will have chilling implications for Minnesotans trying to escape the tax climate. By a 4-3 vote (with Justice David Lillehaug writing for the majority), the court reversed a state tax court decision that said that residency could be determined by days – even partial days-- spent in Minnesota by those claiming to be nonresidents. The Minnesota Department of Revenue (who argued ...

  • Minneapolis: Making commuting more difficult for motorists

    Last week, the Star Tribune featured an insightful article that provided details about the state’s “bike lobby” and their plans to ask the 2016 Minnesota legislature to decrease speed limits on city streets. Current speed limits in Minneapolis and St. Paul on urban streets is 30-miles per hour.

  • Let public school teachers decide if they want representation, or not

    [from a commentary in the January 8, 2016 Star Tribune]  If I’ve learned anything from the three generations of public school teachers in my family, it’s that they have strong opinions about education policy — and that they entered teaching to promote student, not personal, enrichment. While teachers might disagree about education policy and about policymakers telling them how to do their jobs, most teachers are in the classroom because they care about helping all students live up to their ...

  • Liberals won't be happy until Minnesota has the highest income tax rates in the nation

      The good news?  Minnesota is projected to have a nearly $2 billion dollar budget surplus in 2016. The bad news?  You and I created that surplus after a majority in the legislature and the governor in 2013 voted to permanently raise taxes by $2 billion.  It remains the largest tax increase in state history. But that’s not the worst news!  Not only are our state tax coffers overflowing with additional taxes forcibly collected from you and me but some elected officials ar...

  • How Competitive is Minnesota Tax Policy?

    From the Tax Foundation:  “The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. While there are many ways to show how much is collected in taxes by state governments, the Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems, and provides a roadmap for improvement.” Since Minnesota once again appears in list of the “bottom ...

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