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  • 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...

  • Gas taxes, transportation funding likely to loom large in 2015 session

    Minnesotans once again have divided government, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the relentless barrage of tax hikes has come to an end. The Associated Press reported on the new balance of power at the Capitol: "None of the power players offered much Wednesday about specific policies they'll pursue. Generally, they stressed a need to work out a long-term transportation funding plan to deal with a multibillion-dollar backlog in road and bridge projects." Nonetheless, it is safe to assume that tr...

  • Property tax news

    Local governments across Minnesota have now adopted proposed budgets and tax levies for 2015. Here are some notable developments from around the state: The Cloquet school board approved a 14 percent preliminary tax levy hike for 2015. Major levy increases are nothing new for the district, as they approved a 15.2 percent hike last December.

  • More Obamacare fallout as rates spike for small businesses and MNsure enrollees

    The Star Tribune ran a front-page story this week about small business health premiums spiking as a result of Obamacare’s compliance mandates. The story should come as no surprise to anyone who read the Freedom Foundation’s exclusive report on this very issue last month, which analyzed small group insurance rates for plans that are being forced into compliance with Affordable Care Act mandates. The Freedom Foundation’s analysis found average rate hikes ranging from 37 percent to 52 percent, depe...

  • Rate shock hits Minnesota's small group health insurance market

    The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota released an analysis this week of small group health insurance in Minnesota, finding massive rate hikes for many small businesses and their employees that are being forced into compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Read the Freedom Foundation’s full report here. According to rates submitted by insurers and approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, insurance is about to get much more expensive for small businesses and their employees, particularly th...

  • Teacher freedom in Michigan

    Michigan’s new right-to-work law is starting to show results, with more workers exercising their freedom from unionization and compulsory dues. And just as we’ve seen in other states that respect workers’ constitutional rights, teachers are among those most anxious to strip away the union’s shackles. According to the Education Intelligence Agency, the state’s teachers’ union, Michigan Education Association (MEA) lost 5,000 members last month alone.

  • Big Labor claims victory in unfair fight

    The state announced in late August that labor union Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was victorious in the largest union election in state history. SEIU has won the right to "represent" Minnesota’s personal care assistants (PCAs), or home health workers. However, the arrangement still faces legal challenges, and rightly so, especially in light of questions about the integrity and transparency with which the election was conducted.

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