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Minnesota 2020 Journal: Our Flying Car Future

As legislative sessions go, this one is marked by relatively blip-free achievements. Progressive policy is taking a big step ahead after years of stutter-steps backwards. Striding forward, it’s important to remember that we realize more from the journey than we do from the destination. Consider the higher profile victories. Minnesota passed a minimum wage increase for the first time since 2005 and it will be indexed for inflation. Legislators passed a school bullying bill that brings Minnesota schools up to speed with anti-bullying practices in peer states.…

Minnesota Lags in DWI Prevention

Before I sobered up more than 30 years ago, I habitually drove drunk. Luckily, I never caused a crash or faced DWI charges -- even though I wasn't a state legislator with supposed immunity from such embarassments. Not that it mattered much anyway. Back then, Minnesota's drunken driving penalties were…

Reducing Income Inequality Doesn’t End with Minimum Wage Campaign

On Monday, progressive state policymakers and fair wage supporters were in a celebratory mood, as Governor Dayton signed into law the first Minnesota minimum wage increase in nine years. Under that law, the hourly minimum wage will be gradually increased to $9.50 ($7.75 for small employers) by 2016 and indexed…

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More Dangerous, More Costly: An Analysis of Transportation Outsourcing