Politics & Policy

COMMUNITY VOICES | Condoleezza Rice and the Humphrey School: It's not about free speech

Dear Humphrey School Faculty, Fellows Staff and PASA members,

April 17 will be a sad day for the University of Minnesota and in particular for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. That is when Dr. Condoleezza Rice, at the Humphrey School's invitation, will deliver a Distinguished Carlson Lecture as part of the month-long series of events commemorating the reopening of Northrop Auditorium.

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The Senate version of the Minnesota Broadband Development Fund bill

Earlier I combed through the House version of the Broadband Development Fund legislation. Today I’m combing through the Senate version for differences. There aren’t many – but there’s at least one big difference. The Senate is still talking about $100 million in funding, while the House has reduced that to $25 million.

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Will your community be served with Minnesota state funding bill for broadband?

The Minnesota Legislature has been looking at a bill for $100 million for broadband development. Yesterday I attended the most recent meeting on the issue in the House (Ways & Means meeting – the bill has been rolled into HF 2976 and we just heard the first engrossment). On the very high level – the House is suggesting $25 million (not the original $100 million) for broadband development to be doled out as grants through a process managed by the Office of Broadband Development. They are also suggesting $450,000 for mapping and research and $250,000 for general funding for the Office of Broadband Development.

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Why stadium support was an acceptable progressive compromise

How could a progressive have supported building the stadium? This question is asked by Professor David Schultz and others. What Schultz does not know is that the issue was not enthusiastically supported, it was accepted with great pain. Schultz, being an outside commentator, could not know this. I was in the middle of the discussion.

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Moving women into the future

Rep. Carly Melin presents her bill, HF2536, the Women’s Economic Security Act, to the House Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Committee March 20. With her are Debra Fitzpatrick, center, director of the Center on Women and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Kim Borton, director of programs for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. (Photos by Paul Battaglia)

When little girls fantasize about what they want to grow up to be, some might imagine becoming an astronaut or archeologist while others might want to become lawyers or doctors. Others still might want to own a business. Yet, in the end, many don’t follow through with those dreams, thus creating a cycle of women going into lower wage jobs that are considered more traditionally female.

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What does it mean to be a progressive Democrat today?

What does it mean to be a Democrat let alone a progressive one these days? The question was prompted by my recent op-ed in Minnpost where in response to an argument against the State of Minnesota granting the NFL tax exemptions to host the Super Bowl, one reader wrote that he supported public funding for the stadium along with the tax breaks, and that he was a Democrat and a “fairly far to the left one too.”

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Is broadband a utility? Decide that, then create policy

I’m struck by how often I think of the old broadband-as-utility debate during the legislative season. The question is – Is broadband a utility? Making that call would sure make some policy decisions easier.

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Minnesota local governments advance super fast internet networks

Local governments in Minnesota have been at the forefront of expanding fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access - often in some of the most challenging areas of the state. ILSR has just released a policy brief to explore some of these approaches: Minnesota Local Governments Advance Super Fast Internet Networks.

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Governor's tax bill sits at $115 million more than House proposal

House Majority Leader Erin Murphy and House Speaker Paul Thissen respond to questions during a Tuesday news conference. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

There is a little more than $115 million difference between the tax relief put forward by the House and that in the governor’s proposal. However, by the end of the week, that gap could be closed.

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Dayton calls delay on tax bill unacceptable

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says he is "very, very, very disappointed that the Minnesota legislature has not passed a tax cut bill. The Minnesota Department of Revenue says the law must be changed soon so that Minnesotans filing their tax returns in April can see the savings.

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