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New Data Show Big Drop in City Revenue, Spending

As governor from 2003 to 2011, Tim Pawlenty chided local governments for failing to "live within their means." A recent report reveals that T-Paw's accusations were wildly off target. The total revenue of all Minnesota cities declined by 9.2 percent from 2003 to 2012 in real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) dollars, while real city spending fell by 15.7 percent. On a per capita basis, real city revenues declined by a whopping 15.6 percent over this period, while real expenditures declined by 21.7 percent. These conclusions are based on information…

VIDEO: LEGO Learning in the Library

Minnesota 2020 traveled to the Zumbrota Public library for their LEGO Creation Contest which allows children to explore their imagination and build their own creations. Daniel Roberts, an Exhibit Fabricator from the Science Museum of Minnesota, was a special guest judge for the LEGO Club contest. Roberts shared how playing…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Another Misleading Conservative “Crisis”

Minnesota’s pension problem is not the problem that conservative policy advocates assert. Rather, our problem is that Minnesota would be better off if more Minnesotans had pensions. Earlier this month, the Center of the American Experiment (CAE) released a report suggesting that Minnesota’s public employee pension funds risk collapse. Nothing…

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Growing Profits at Workers’ Expense