A weekly column by Executive Director, John Van Hecke
Around this time last week, the State of Minnesota released its revised state budget forecast. Minnesota is currently $1.23 billion ahead of projections. That’s for the present budget period. Surplus projections for the following biennium increase to $2.6 billion. Rather than acknowledge the state economy’s growth combined with a return to sensible tax policy as the surplus’ source, Minnesota’s conservative state legislative minority caucus leaders gamely insist that Minnesota needs tax cuts. Reliably since the Reagan Administration, conservative policy advocates have preached the low tax, no tax gospel. Every circumstance…
Notably absent from a recent minimum wage rally? A lot more minimum wage-earning workers. Why? Because they can’t afford to take the time off from work to advocate for democratic change.