ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. Gov. Mark Dayton’s revised budget is much improved over his initial budget of January 2013. He dumped the “business-to-business” sales tax that generated a snowstorm of opposition from Edina to Elk River, from Caledonia to Little Falls, and all parts in between. Business-to-business sales taxes hurt a company’s bottom [...]
Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed to invest $40 million to expand participation in all-day kindergarten.
ECM Publishers, Inc. ECM Editorial Board Eight dollars to take a photo of a public document? Eight bucks, the district court administrator’s office in Little Falls told a reporter who requested not a copy of the document, but the mere “privilege” of shooting it. That’s a fanciful interpretation of Minnesota data privacy law, which clearly [...]
ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. There’s evidence that the education system in Minnesota needs to be examined and strengthened. Improving it is always evolving with the goal of providing the best education possible for all students. The state constitution says a general and uniform system of public schools should be established through taxation or [...]
ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. While Washington has been teetering on the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a new book suggests better ways exist to manage the nation’s affairs. “The Parties Versus the People” by former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards points out that the Founding Fathers were generally opposed to political parties. They felt that factionalism [...]
ECM Publishers, Inc. ECM Editorial Board Among the vital public policy issues postponed until after the election, and now awaiting action by the lame duck Congress, is the so-called “Farm Bill.” We observe that “Farm Bill” is a somewhat misleading moniker that likely distracts the public and their elected officials alike. The fact is that [...]
ECM Editorial Board ECM Publishers, Inc. A record number of Minnesota voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6 sent a strong message to their legislators—end the gridlock, compromise and do what’s best for the state, not for the political party. They had in mind those days when inability to reach a compromise on a budget actually shut [...]