Moving Minnesota's Public Debate Forward


A robust transportation infrastructure moves Minnesota forward.

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 laughably lax. Thanks largely to persistent advocacy from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, founded in 1980, much has changed. It's now estimated that drunken driving can cost the nearly 30,000 Minnesotans arrested for it each year as much as $20,000 in…

Sprawl is Real, and It’s Here

Conservative apologists for sprawl try to deny that it's even a real phenomenon, some even draping dismissive quotation marks around the word. Around here, it's a right-wing obsession to blast the Metropolitan Council's development policies, saying they will herd unwilling suburbanites into teeming, crime-ridden cities. Fortunately, Smart Growth America has just debunked these notions with empirical evidence that puts the lie to Met Council's supposed iron-fisted rule. Its landmark report, "Measuring Sprawl and its Impact," places the Twin Cities at No. 147 out of 221 U.S. metro areas for sprawl, meaning we're in the spread-out top third of…