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  • 10 years after the Kelo decision, the U.S. Supreme Court got one right

    Ten years ago last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down one of the most significant property rights decisions in modern court history. Their 5 – 4 ruling in June of 2005 in the Kelo v New London case allowed the government to take away the home of Susette Kelo so that it could be replaced by a much larger commercial development.

  • The case we've been waiting for

    The case we've been waiting for Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will likely determine the future of public sector unions. The case, Friedrichs v.

  • The 2015 Legislative Session: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

    The good news: the Minnesota legislature adjourned on Monday, May 18th and accomplished a great deal of bi-partisan reform. This is a major accomplishment for first-term Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt since Republicans who control the House occupy only one-third of state government. The bad news: Governor Dayton apparently doesn’t understand the nature of compromise and vetoed three of the bills that passed the legislature with bipartisan support.

  • "Amtrak Isn't Underfunded; it is Mismanaged"

    Hours after we learned of the Amtrak crash on the Northeast Corridor that killed eight people, big government liberals raced to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to blame conservatives. According to several congressmen, it’s the Republicans fault that innocent passengers tragically died on Amtrak last Monday night.

  • Crony Capitalism, Minnesota Style

    Crony Capitalism, Minnesota Style One of the most distasteful side effects of big government is crony capitalism. What is crony capitalism? It’s when business interests capitalize on their government connections and use that to get subsidizes and other tax breaks that provide them with an unfair advantage against their competitors.

  • Dreading April 14th & 15th / Government Union Transparency, Idaho-Style

    Employers Can Now Dread April 14th and April 15th On April 14, 2015, new regulations developed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the nation’s top labor arbiter, will go into effect. The new labor regulations, dubbed by some as the “Ambush Election Rule” will allow unions to organize inside a workplace under a highly compressed time frame with little or no recourse for employers to tell their side of the story. According to David Phippen, a management-side labor lawyer at Constangy, B...

  • Minnesota's Education Achievement Gap: What happens after High School?

    Late last month, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released new data regarding Minnesota’s high school graduation rate. The good news from the MDE, according to the Star Tribune, is that the “graduation rate for Minnesota students is the highest it’s been in a decade, even though many minority students continue to lag behind their white peers when it comes to getting a diploma on time.” The new data showed that in 2013, “85 percent of white students, 56 percent of black students and 58...

  • Why is raising taxes always the answer to our problems?

    On Tuesday, the Lt. Governor held a news conference at the intersection of Interstates 35W and 494. The purpose?

  • Jumping on the Municipal Broadband-wagon....again

    The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota continues to be at the forefront of the municipal broadband fight currently being waged in city halls across Minnesota. CEO Annette Meeks had a commentary published earlier this week in the Star Tribune regarding the controversy over the president and governor’s request for the construction of additional taxpayer funded broadband networks. Minnesota has been at the forefront of this battle as several cities around the state have “pursued the impossible dream o...

  • Rudy Boschwitz and the Rise of the Modern Conservative Movement in Minnesota

    The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota proudly released today our most recent report, entitled: “A Legacy of Leadership: Rudy Boschwitz and the Rise of the Modern Conservative Movement in Minnesota.” The report tells the story of the extraordinary leadership of former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz in the development of the modern day conservative movement in Minnesota. Much has been written about liberal dominance in Minnesota politics since World War II and the indelible mark left on the state and n...

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