Everyone pays for unemployment insurance, not just businesses

Source: Flikr Creative Commons The Minnesota House and Senate passed, and Governor Dayton signed, a 26-week extension of unemployment benefits for Iron Range miners and a reduction in unemployment insurance payments for businesses.  I heard a story about it this morning on MPR and thought I heard something incorrectly.  I went to the transcript and I wasn’t wrong.  Here is what brought me up … [Read more...]

“Liberal Arts and the Wealth of Nations” at Senior College in Alexandria

Source: Flikr Creative Commons Today I'll be giving a talk at the Senior College of West Central Minnesota.  According to their website, "Senior College is a lecture series for adults in West Central Minnesota. A variety of quality, college level lectures with scholars from across the state stimulate learning and fuel curiosities in a congenial setting at the Alexandria Technical & Community … [Read more...]

It’s the economy, stupid

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting Liz Fedor for a 3-day residency at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.  Liz is currently the Trending Editor at Twin Cities Business; previously, she was the editorial page editor at the Grand Forks Herald and an editor and reporter on business (especially the airline industry) at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. During the … [Read more...]