Editorial Comment

The Minnesota economy is slowly beginning to show signs of life. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is trumpeting that, after adjustments, the number of Minnesotans working in December reached an all-time high for December. Still, the growth is a mixed bag. For the second consecutive month, DEED said that the labor [...]

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The Minnesota Legislature is moving toward an overdue increase in the state minimum wage. The state minimum wage is below the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, so it would seem that raising the state minimum to be in compliance with the federal minimum makes sense. However, the Legislature wants to go far above that. [...]

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The more things change, the more they remain the same. So it was that 35 years ago, Minnesota was a battleground in the effort to impose recycling fees on beverage containers.  Bottlers and soft-drink producers were able to stave off the effort, but now it is coming forth again. A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) [...]

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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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Does the government have a responsibility to inform the public of its activities? 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 the government has an obligation to be as transparent as reasonably possible [...]

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Confidence in our government leaders is near generational lows. A Jan. 26 poll gave Congress an approval rating of 16 percent, better than the 12 percent in October, but October was the lowest in 40 years. Just 27 percent said then, during the federal government partial shutdown, that they were willing to re-elect their member [...]

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Aaron “Marty” Martinson paid a visit to Little Falls via V.J. Smith on Monday and Tuesday. Marty passed away 10 years ago, but for those Morrison County residents lucky enough to learn about him, it was an extraordinary experience. Smith, a professional speaker, told Marty’s story to the Little Falls faculty and students and also [...]

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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 has been repaid. The ECM Editorial Board, in a series of editorials last year, advocated these [...]

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