ECM EDITORIAL BOARD

It is painfully obvious that too many elected officials in Washington, D.C. have lost touch with the struggling people of this nation. This was demonstrated recently when House leaders proposed a Farm Bill that would have cut aid to food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients by a whopping $20 billion over a 10-year period. [...]

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A lot of focus has been put on elementary education to make sure kids have a solid foundation for learning. Then we turn our attention to high school, preparing students with the skills they need for college or the workforce. There is an important time in a child’s education – middle school – where there [...]

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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 line because in most cases, the [...]

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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 prohibits unreasonable charges for access [...]

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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 some two-thirds of the dollars spent [...]

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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 down the state government. [...]

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