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High-and-Higher-Speed Rail on Track

A heated debate broke out this month over America's high-speed passenger rail dreams —between two icons of the so-called "lamestream liberal media."  First, the New York Times, in a news article written by my former Star Tribune colleague Ron Nixon, reported that despite nearly $11 billion in federal spending since 2009, "the projects have gone mostly nowhere." Nixon cited critics who say the Obama administration "made the mistake of parceling out the money to upgrade existing Amtrak service." This drew a quick rebuttal from Michael Grunwald in…

Green Research Needed for Minnesota Bats and Bridges

Minnesota is ripe for a bridge building industry that would revive lumber production in the state, put northern Minnesota mills and mill workers back in action, and spur “green” economic investment in the state, insists a leading green economic development specialist. Carol Coren, founder and principal with the Cornerstone Ventures…

Finally, a Halt in Escalating City Property Taxes

From 2002 to 2013, city budgets shrank while city property taxes increased, thanks to rapidly declining state aid. Legislative actions in 2013 and 2014 mercifully reversed this trend. However, while much progress has been made in terms of reforming Minnesota’s property tax and state aid system, more work needs to…

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