Op-Ed: Minnesota over-reaches on new broadband standards
Johnny Kampis | June 23, 2017
In a quest to boost the state’s broadband coverage, Minnesota has overstepped by reaching for too-high standards that may actually hurt rural broadband expansion. The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband has set ambitious goals for high-speed internet coverage in Minnesota following near-successful implementation of the previous standard. That initial goal of wireline download speeds of […]
Dental therapy nation is just a matter of time
Kathy Hoekstra | May 01, 2017
Dental therapy is nearing a tipping point in the United States, whether “Big Dentistry” likes it or not. That’s according to Kristin Mizzi Angelone, a dental policy expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts. “There is an unprecedented level of activity in states across the country and from across the political spectrum, with more and more […]
Minnesotans pay fourth highest income tax in country
Carrie Salls | April 20, 2017
SAINT PAUL – Minnesota workers shoulder the fourth highest individual income tax burden in the country, according to a recent report from WalletHub report. According to statistics provided by WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez, Minnesota’s individual income tax rate is 3.59 percent. Gonzalez said that rate is not entirely bad news for the state because “Minnesota actually offers the […]
Arizona dental therapy supporters prep for next battle
Arizona dental therapy supporters prep for next battle
Kathy Hoekstra | April 12, 2017
A disappointing defeat for dental therapy in Arizona in 2016 has only strengthened the resolve of advocates looking ahead to the next legislative session. Among them is Kristen Mizzi Angelone, a dental policy expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts, which backs dental therapy efforts across the country. “Arizona is big state,” she told Watchdog.org. “There […]
E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors
E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors
Kathy Hoekstra | April 10, 2017
As the full-court regulatory press on e-cigarettes demonstrates, even the perception of bias can skew outcomes for smokers.
Several Minnesota football players return after sexual assault allegations
Several Minnesota football players return after sexual assault allegations
Ashe Schow | March 23, 2017
“This has never been about punishing anyone. I just wanted to feel safe,” the accuser said.
Charter schools are booming where they were born
John Bicknell | March 02, 2017
Enrollment at Minnesota charter schools rose 36 percent over the past five years.
Is Minnesota getting back in the education reform game?
John Bicknell | February 14, 2017
Minnesota, once a national leader in school choice and the first state to have charter schools, may be ready to jump back into the reform movement. “Proposals are advancing in the state House and Senate to make tax credits available to parents for private-school tuition and to individuals and corporations who donate to foundations to […]
This map shows how far-reaching — and debt-ridden — government broadband has grown
This map shows how far-reaching — and debt-ridden — government broadband has grown
Johnny Kampis | February 07, 2017
  The Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation has launched a website where users can view the litany of municipal broadband projects saddled with millions in debt. The map shows more than 200 projects funded by taxpayers, many of them deep in financial arrears and several more that failed, either sold off for deep discounts to private […]
Minnesota fumbles firing of football coach who stood up for players’ due process rights
Minnesota fumbles firing of football coach who stood up for players’ due process rights
Ashe Schow | January 05, 2017
University of Minnesota sends a strong message that it won't tolerate those who stand up for politically incorrect causes.