Moving Minnesota's Public Debate Forward


A weekly column by Executive Director, John Van Hecke

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Another Misleading Conservative “Crisis”

Minnesota’s pension problem is not the problem that conservative policy advocates assert. Rather, our problem is that Minnesota would be better off if more Minnesotans had pensions. Earlier this month, the Center of the American Experiment (CAE) released a report suggesting that Minnesota’s public employee pension funds risk collapse. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, CAE’s report misleads Minnesotans, insinuating that state policymakers simultaneously cause and ignore pension problems. There’s the rub. State leaders can’t ignore something that they didn’t cause. CAE’s report is conflagration of head…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Aging in Place is Reasonable, Necessary

A new national survey finds that the most independently minded, unapologetically insistent American generation expects to live in their homes as they age. Baby boomers are, once again, unyielding. That’s good news for every Minnesotan, good for our economy and good for healthcare’s future. Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Global Social Enterprise Initiative, in partnership with consumer and healthcare products giant Phillips NV, released a research report examining expectations about aging and lifestyle. In keeping with established trends, Americans aged 50-80 want more independent living options and strongly value…