Get to know your neighborhood via Minnesota Compass

Source: Flikr Creative Commons We've hosted the local National Night Out block party in our yard on the first Tuesday of August since 2000. It's fun to see familiar faces, meet new neighbors, and talk about what’s going on in our area. Now there's a virtual way to do this: geographic profiles, produced by Minnesota Compass. I learned about them last night at a workshop, "By the numbers: … [Read more...]

Thinking about the transportation funding fight in Minnesota

Source: Flikr Creative Commons When I saw this tweet: Sen. Bakk says Senate will make an offer to House Friday on transportation spending. Did not say what would be in it. #mnleg — R. Stassen-Berger (@RachelSB) May 4, 2016 My first thought was this: It's been frustrating to watch the dance among Governor Dayton, Senate Democrats, and House Republicans on this issue. Instead of dealing … [Read more...]

Why Is Infant Mortality Higher in the United States than in Europe?

(By Kenny Louie from Vancouver, Canada - Hah!, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24336411) This is the question three economists recently asked in a recently published paper from the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.  The answers they found disturbed me, and should bother anyone who pays attention to how badly well-being is distributed in the United … [Read more...]