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ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. 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 [...]

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ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers Inc. 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 [...]

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ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers Inc. 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. [...]

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ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers Inc. The year 2013 brought good news for education. The Minnesota Legislature approved additional funds for early childhood education and for all-day kindergarten. Eighty-six percent of local school levies were approved. Money borrowed from school districts during poor economic times have been repaid. The ECM Editorial Board, in a series [...]

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It’s time to settle the contract dispute involving the Minnesota Orchestra Association board of directors and its professional musicians. This gridlock has gone on for more than a year and there’s no end in sight. Thousands of classical music lovers from all over the region will not hear the holiday performances of this world-renowned symphony [...]

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ECM Publishers, Inc. ECM Editorial Board Financing the education of Minnesota’s kindergarten through grade 12 students takes nearly half of the state’s annual budget and by constitutional provision the funds must support a “uniform system” of public schools so that each student receives an “adequate” education. We believe more needs to be done to both [...]

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ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. Exuding a candidate’s optimism, President Barack Obama predicted last year that partisan fever in the Republican Party would break if he were re-elected. Now, only weeks removed from a government shutdown followed by perilous congressional flirtation with debt default, it’s reasonable to wonder whether fevered brinksmanship is the only [...]

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