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Disputing Destiny

One of the most frequent and laudable refrains in education reform is, “Poverty is not destiny. ” The sentiment is clear and incontestable: Being born into poverty should not determine your future. While it’s certainly more aspiration than reality right now, it is at least the right goal. Recent research from Johns Hopkins University has reinforced how far our society’s present situation is from that ideal, and how inequitable the chances of escaping poverty are. Starting in 1982, the researchers followed 800 people in Baltimore from first…

Discussion: First a Super Bowl, Then a World’s Fair!

From the MLB All-Star game to a youth soccer tournament to a dog show, public events, performances and gatherings are both entertainment and economic development. What is the public’s return on investment? Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie proposes that Minnesota host a World’s Fair, using the multi-month event to achieve transformative community and economic development.
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2014 Homeowner Property Tax Reduction is Wide & Deep

The fact that Minnesota property taxes will decline in 2014 for the first time in twelve years is well established. However, a new simulation from non-partisan staff at the Minnesota House Research Department reveals the breadth and depth of those tax reductions. From 2013 to 2014, taxes on existing residential…

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