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  • Fighting a real war on poverty

    Nearly 23 percent of Americans who call a major American city home today live in poverty.  And the rate is growing:  from 2000 – 2013, the poverty rate in the 20 largest cities in America grew by nearly 36 percent, to this new “normal of 23 percent.”  Nationally, the number of Americans living in poverty grew more modestly:  from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 14.8 percent in 2014. However, there’s one city that has defied this trend and saw a declining rate ...

  • Where does your tax money go?

    Our friends at the Heritage Foundation recently released an analysis of where your federal tax dollars go every year. Keep in mind that in 2015, “major entitlement programs consumed 52% of all federal spending” which means that over half of the federal budget went towards funding these programs.  The fact that they are “entitlement” programs means that Congress doesn’t have to vote to approve each budget item – it is automatic.

  • "Do this, Don't do that, Can't you read the sign?" The state of the regulatory state

    In case you’re still wondering what’s causing voter angst and the intense anger aimed at elected officials, here are some sobering statistics compiled by Freedom Partners, the Heritage Foundation and the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota that provides a vivid explanation of how the U.S. economy has gone seriously off the rails and the profound effect that is having on hardworking American families. “During the eight years under President Obama, annual [economic] growth has averaged a sluggish 1.3 ...

  • 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.

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