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Transportation Benefits: Agreement, but Weak Action

In my first major project as a Minnesota 2020 fellow, I highlighted the economic benefits for Minnesota of investing in transportation. This was a direct rebuttal to the contention of then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty that hiking state fuel taxes for the first time in two decades to support highway construction and maintenance and raising new revenue for transit improvements would "hurt our economy." That canard was nothing more than cover for Pawlenty's lockstep adherence to the right-wing dogma of no new taxes no matter what, which had already…

VIDEO: Vision of a Minnesota World’s Fair

Could Minnesota host the first World's Fair in the United States in a generation? Secretary of State Mark Ritchie leads a committee to bring the multi-month international event to Minnesota. He says it could bring millions of people, billions of dollars and leave cultural, educational and environmental legacies that promote…

Improved Jobs Numbers Tell Only Part of the Story

The lifeguards at the swimming pool and the Parks and Rec summer employees, home from college, who are teaching four-year-olds to play t-ball are part of the reason why Minnesota has a nationally enviable unemployment rate. You can attribute pothole repairs patching up after this past winter’s unkind weather for…

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