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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 part of our employment progress. Makeup days for snow days that pushed the school year into June at many Minnesota public schools helped as well. These are among anomalies that helped drop Minnesota’s June unemployment down a…

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…

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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