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  • 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 ...

  • The "Right to Try" movement and why it is important

    Do you know someone who has died from cancer? Both my mom and dad battled different forms of cancer and, thanks to modern medicine, both won their respective battle. Yet I know many others who valiantly used every treatment at their disposal and still lost the fight.

  • Follow the Money: Teachers' Union Dues Pays for Political Activities

    A recently filed report with the U.S. Department of Labor shows that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (the second-largest teachers’ union) spent $42 million on political lobbying activities in 2014-2015. This represents a 45 percent increase in spending over the previous years’ report.

  • Freedom Foundation Amicus Brief Says SCOTUS Must Restore Teachers' Rights

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will likely determine the future of public sector unions. The case, Friedrichs v.

  • The True Cost of Government Over-Regulation

    Puerto Rico has garnered a lot of publicity lately but not the kind a vacation paradise wants. Instead, the recent focus has been on the dire financial situation facing that U.S. territory.

  • 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.

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