• 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.

  • 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.

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