ECM Editorial Board

As April opened with wind-driven snow and temperatures that still featured wind-chill readings, Minnesotans longingly looked from their windows waiting for the day when ice-covered lakes would open and fresh-water fishing could resume. It’s a way of life and in Minnesota sport fishing is a $2.8 billion industry of vital importance to the state’s economy [...]

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Good health is the most basic human need and essential to success and prosperity. The idea that health care should be available to everyone at an affordable price seems easy to support. But achieving that has become a divisive issue in this country, with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act. Before it went into [...]

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The report of Minnesota school students from low-income families being denied a hot school lunch raises a major question as to who is responsible for feeding hungry students in school. Clearly, the will of the people is that no student should go through the school day hungry. Most agree it is the responsibility of parents [...]

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If you had a billion dollars to spend on any public project within Minnesota, what would you choose? Would you spend $5 million to build a new security fence around the Shakopee prison, $500,000 for “pre-design” design, to improve and renovate historic Fort Snelling or $10 million to preserve public housing for low-income families? Should [...]

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Both our nation and state were founded on the principles of self-government, including that the government exists to serve the people, not the other way around. That would suggest that government has an obligation to be as transparent as reasonably possible so that people can make a fair judgment of whether government’s activities are working [...]

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The governor, legislators and Minnesota citizens all received good news in December. Minnesota Management and Budget, formerly known as the State Finance Department, in its most recent economic forecast projected an improvement in the state’s economic position of more than a billion dollars for the current two-year budget cycle. When the Legislature comes back into [...]

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