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  • Calling Anti-Pipeline Vandalism Art Doesn't Make It So

    A committed group of leftists in America are determined to trespass, damage and shut down five existing pipelines in Minnesota.  We learned last week that now they have funding from state taxpayers to help spread the word about their mission to eliminate all pipelines that carry fossil fuel.“Thunderbird Strike” is a video game developed by a former Duluth-based artist.  The purpose of her recently released video game is to “symbolically destroy oil pipelines and other...

  • "There's Still More Work to be Done on Measles"

    Every hour of every day, 15 people around the world die of the measles. Yes, measles. According to the World Health Organization, “measles remains one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.”This past summer, Minnesota had the dubious distinction of having 79 cases of this highly contagious disease.

  • Union Depot: Building More Things We Don't Need

    Last week, Ramsey County officials announced that cost estimates for renovating existing restaurant space at Union Depot were off by 100%.  Yes, you read that right.As recently as August 2016 when county officials announced that Kaskaid Hospitality would be the new restaurant tenant at the historic depot, they budgeted $1 million for kitchen renovations.  Last week, the county rail authority (meaning the Ramsey County commissioners) voted to approve $2 million in kitchen/restaurant imp...

  • Dayton Administration knows what is best for your business

    For 65 years, Enbridge Energy has safely delivered energy to several generations of Americans through a pipeline commonly known as “Line 3.” It runs from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin (roughly 1,031 miles, of which 337 miles are located in Minnesota) and carries 760,000 barrels of crude oil every day. The importance of what Enbridge does – shipping crude oil to refineries – can’t be understated: 80% of the energy we use every day for such mundane first-wo...

  • Instead of doubling down, eliminate Minnesota's biofuel mandate

    [Annette Meeks published in the Duluth News-Tribune, September 1, 2017]Gov. Mark Dayton announced in mid-August that, starting in May, the state will require a biodiesel blend of 20 percent. The move makes Minnesota an outlier.

  • The Mess at the IRS

    When the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) makes a mistake, apparently they double down and do it again.  And again.  That appears to be what we learned earlier this week when our friends at the Tax Foundation reviewed a newly released investigation by the U.S.

  • "A Tale of Two Harbors" -- Lake County, Minnesota's Broadband Boondoggle

    Eight years ago, I founded the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.  Our mission was very precise:  we sought to provide market-based solutions to some of the toughest problems facing our state.  Our research and investigative efforts continue to focus on eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in state and local government.

  • "We're from the government and we're here to....."

    Seattle, Washington currently boasts the highest-in-the-country minimum wage where workers employed by “large employers” must be paid $13 per hour.  Last year, a city mandate raised that wage from $11 per hour to $13.   This was the second wage increase in less than one year and on Monday, we learned that elected officials in Seattle may have gone too far in the latest social engineering experiment.New research, conducted by economists at the University of Washington, shows...

  • Why do Minnesota teachers pay dues to bail out NEA DC bosses?

    Officials at Education Minnesota (the statewide affiliate of the NEA) went berserk the last day of the Minnesota special legislative session, demanding that Governor Dayton veto the K-12 education budget for the next two years.  The reason?  The new budget, that also includes more than $1.3 billion in increased funding for Minnesota’s public schools includes a new provision that ends the ridiculous teacher tenure law known as “Last In, First Out.”  This default p...

  • 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...

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