Minnesota, under Gov. Mark Dayton, initiated universal, all-day, public school kindergarten. The Adams-ECM Editorial Board endorsed that initiative as a wise investment. The former governor also proposed universal education for four-year-olds.
After much discussion, debate and disagreement, our state’s leaders decided to approve a transportation budget for the coming biennium that looks very much like the past two years.
Public school officials in Minnesota are breathing a bit easier now that a two-year funding plan has been approved by the Legislature. But they also know that more work remains to be done and local taxpayers may be called upon to avoid budget cuts.
A day at the Minnesota Capitol can be illuminating, as the Adams Publishing - ECM Editorial Board learned after having in-person discussions April 25 with Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota legislative leaders of both political parties.
Fourteen months ago, a mass-casualty shooting at a Florida high school launched a national call for strong school safety measures. The Minnesota Legislature responded with a well-meaning program that fell short of addressing the needs of public schools in the state.
Minnesota’s last two governors, Republican Tim Pawlenty and DFLer Mark Dayton, both had an unofficial policy that any changes in the state’s election laws needed broad bipartisan support before they would sign the bills.
A recent report by Education Minnesota laid out teachers’ views of what it would take to fully fund public education. Gov. Tim Walz has put forward a school budget proposal that would provide significantly more funding for the next two years than provided in past years.
Now that Gov. Tim Walz and the 2019 Legislature have begun work, we believe their agenda must include correcting a serious breach of constitutional authority that includes an ill-conceived financial scheme. This 2018 legislation thwarts the will of Minnesota voters and compounds the costs of…
In October, we opined that Tim Walz had the ability to “pull us together and move Minnesota forward as a vibrant state, a place we are proud to call home.”
As the administration of Gov. Tim Walz prepares to lead Minnesota for the next four years, the former congressman from Mankato will certainly face hurdles and challenges. One thing is certain for the new governor: Minnesota is much better off today than it was eight years ago.
The Tuesday, Nov. 6, election has an overwhelming national focus that may be obliterating views of important local issues. This fall, 35 Minnesota school districts are presenting their voters with critical property tax levy questions to fund school operations. In addition, 25 school district…
Minnesota’s next governor will need to unite a state divided over social issues and clashing rural-urban goals. He also will have the opportunity to build on the current economic boom, pulling from a vast store of natural and human resources.
Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline won election eight times in Minnesota’s 2nd District. Despite growing chatter that Democrats were in play in this emerging “swing” district, Kline handily proved them wrong each time.
In Minnesota’s traditionally moderate 3rd Congressional District, Rep. Erik Paulsen is facing a competitive challenge in opponent Democrat Dean Phillips, who hopes to unseat the Republican seeking a sixth term in Congress.
Voters in Minnesota’s 5th District likely will make a historic statement this November, sending a young Somali-born woman to represent them in Congress.
Eight years ago, when Tom Emmer was close to winning the job of governor of Minnesota, he was fully prepared to become the chief executive of a billion dollar business. That changed when Mark Dayton won the 2010 election, and so did fate for Emmer, a Republican from Delano.
The Adams Publishing - ECM Editorial Board has interviewed both Pete Stauber and Joe Radinovich for endorsement in the congressional race for Minnesota’s 8th District. Both candidates well represent constituents of their party’s base. Both candidates bring a passion to the race and to the jo…
A year ago, Al Franken was busy serving as one of Minnesota’s U.S. Senators. Much has changed since then, with Franken resigning his post under misconduct allegations and Tina Smith heading to Washington, D.C. as junior senator. State law requires the remaining two years of the Franken term …
As political history continues to be written in the United States, Minnesota figures like Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Eugene McCarthy will forever be remembered as pillars of the Democratic Party, both for their service to state and country.
Nearly two decades ago a fledgling group of business owners and operators founded the Minnesota Coalition for Workforce Housing.
Minnesotans savor every minute of summer. We are feverishly out and about – boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking – you name it, we do it — with great pleasure and enthusiasm. These beautiful sun-filled days will be gone before we know it, we must enjoy now.
Every family needs to have a place to call home – a cozy bed, a kitchen stocked with food and a secure roof overhead. Beyond shelter requirements, home offers us sanctuary from the stresses of life, a place for children to do their homework and for social interaction.
Voters in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District have a very challenging decision to make in the Tuesday, Aug. 14, primary election.
Was it election-year politics in hyper drive? Have the darker impulses of factionalism and resentment that are troubling much of the world taken root in Minnesota? And what happens now?
The savagery that struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 continues to awaken the consciousness of the country. When 14 students and three adults were gunned down by a former student wielding an assault rifle, a youth movement was born from the tragedy.
Gov. Mark Dayton released his proposed bonding bill in January asking for $1.5 billion. On the same day of the release, legislators suggested the amount was too high and a bill closer to $800 million was more realistic.
Chances are you’ve seen it where you live or work. Homes are being built again, jobs are plentiful and new apartments are sprouting faster than many Minnesotans can remember. The housing crisis and Great Recession are assuredly over.
When U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was pressured to resign by Senate Democrats in early January, a series of consequences unfolded that revealed a weakness in the Minnesota Constitution that needs to be addressed.
Concern is growing over Minnesota youth using nicotine-bearing tobacco products that damage their health and brain development.
This is the final installment in an editorial series called The Changing Face of Minnesota. This year, the ECM Publishers Editorial Board examined demographic changes and disparities in Minnesota that center around race, wealth, age, region and employment.
This is the sixth installment in an editorial series called The Changing Face of Minnesota. This year, the ECM Publishers Editorial Board is examining demographic changes and disparities in Minnesota that center around race, wealth, age, region and employment.
This is the fifth installment in an editorial series called The Changing Face of Minnesota. This year, the ECM Publishers Editorial Board is examining demographic changes and disparities in Minnesota that center around race, wealth, age, region and employment.
Abuse of coworkers, subordinates, associates, acquaintances, male or female is wrong. Intimidation and coercion through power and position is wrong. Gender bias and gender arrogance is wrong. Suppression of human value, accomplishment and subsequent diminished reward, especially by gender, is wrong. Unwanted sexual advances, regardless of work or social environment, are wrong.
The last presidential election may have raised more concerns than it settled. However, there is one thing all Americans should agree on – the legitimacy of our elections is under attack.
Job statistics can be mercurial, especially the more often you measure them. One month’s job-loss chill can be followed by a white-hot month of gains.
Regardless of our differing political views, all Minnesotans should be unhappy with the final result of this year’s session of the Minnesota Legislature.
This is the second installment in an editorial series called The Changing Face of Minnesota. This year, the ECM Publishers Editorial Board is examining demographic changes and disparities in Minnesota that center around race, wealth, age, region and employment.
As the 2017 legislative session weaves its way to a May 22 session end, education policy proposals abound and it is uncertain which proposal will find its way into law. The Minnesota Legislature must reach agreement with Gov. Dayton on a final bill or face possible vetoes.
Minnesota lawmakers have had difficulty in turning major transportation legislation into law. It’s been nearly a decade since the Legislature has successfully sent a long-term transportation funding package to the governor’s desk.
Minnesotans who voted in November to empower an independent commission to set state legislators’ salaries may have been surprised to learn that the raw politics they’d hoped to transcend never went away.