Public policy and policy entrepreneurs

Photo: Governor Dayton recruiting children to his evil empire (Source: Flikr Creative Commons, ) I started reading a piece in MinnPost by Kim Crockett, vice president of Center of the American Experiment, entitled, ""Dayton’s plan for raising great ‘workers’: Turn your kids over to the state." I almost spit out my morning coffee; here are a couple of excerpts: Dayton is demanding that all of … [Read more...]

A person’s reach

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,. Or what's a heaven for?" -- Robert Browning I first read this quote in Elmer Andersen's memoir A Man's Reach (with Lori Sturdevant) and it has stuck with me. It applies well to William E. (Bill) Clemens, benefactor of the St. Cloud area, generally, and the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (CSB|SJU), in particular. Clemens … [Read more...]

What’s up with the labor market?

The latest numbers for the national labor market came out this morning and they look good.  The headline figures: 4.9 percent unemployment and 242,000 jobs created in February. There’s lot of detail that gets overlooked in the headlines, so let’s take a look at a couple additional measures; the complete release is available here. Headline unemployment versus other measures  (click to … [Read more...]